International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

Value orientations of the Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine with different social and economic s

Vadym Olexandrovych Vasiutynskyi, Institute of Social and Political Psychology

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Institute of Social and Political Psychology
Research Area: Social inequality and social change

According to the results of the polling of 1292 Russian-speaking respondents the high (39.4%), average (48.4%) and low (12.2%) income groups (per one member of a family) were distinguished. The main differences among the representatives of the groups were concentrated on three factors. Two of them were quite traditional: satisfaction or dissatisfaction from life (the “wealthy” people were inclined to be satisfied, and, on the contrary, the “poor” ones felt themselves non-satisfied); coping or non-coping behavior (the “wealthy” people were more purposeful, they oftener relied on themselves, tried to get out of difficult situations, asserted their rights, appreciated education and profession; the “poor” people much more depended on God, preferred to wait for a course of events, valued the rate of earnings more than professional concerns, did not trust in education). The third factor was specific in reference to the political and ideological state of a modern Ukrainian society. It reflected the correlations between the pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian attitudes ingrained in the respondents’ consciousness (the “wealthy” people showed more favor to the pro-Ukrainian values whereas the “poor” ones favored the pro-Russian values, and such orientations were of compensatory significance to them). Moreover, the content of all the three factors was accompanied by the clear-cut negative feelings of the “poor” people, such as sorrow, fear etc. The persons of average level of prosperity were disposed to compromise in their choice of social and political identity, were oriented to the views dominated in their surroundings, aspired to unite with a community.