Over 50% of Ukrainians View Papal Visit Positively

Over 50% of Ukrainians View Papal Visit Positively

Kyiv, 2 August 2001: In a July survey, 51% of Ukraine's population considered the visit of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Ukraine positively. This national sociological survey of 1,200 persons was conducted by SOCIS - a member of the Gallup International Association in Ukraine, for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II made a five-day visit to Ukraine in June of this year, including visits to the cities of Kyiv and Lviv.

07.08.2001 (01:51) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine
Source: UGCC Press Office

   The survey analysis concluded that in general the Ukrainian population expressed a positive attitude toward the visit by the Roman Pontiff. Of those surveyed 14% were negative to the visit, while 35% were either indifferent or did not express an opinion. A similar survey conducted in April 2001 showed that 43% expressed a positive opinion to the June visit.

  In this same July survey, 54% viewed the humanitarian and church activities of Pope John Paul II positively. According to the analysis provided by SOCIS, the wide media coverage prior to and during the visit increased awareness about the Pope. In the April survey13% were entirely unaware of whom Pope John Paul II is, compared to only 1% in July.

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