Despite the coronavirus pandemic, most Ukrainians felt happy in the outgoing year according to a poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

“Despite the economic turmoil, despite the epidemic, despite everything that happened in 2020, most [citizens] still feel happy: almost 9% are very happy, and almost 46% are mostly happy,” the foundation’s analyst, Petro Burkovskyi, said at a press conference at Ukrinform, presenting the results of the survey.

At the same time, he noted that this is a lower level of happiness compared to 2017-2019.

“I would even say that this is the lowest level of happiness in the past four years of observation,” Burkovskyi said.

At the end of the year, the most common feelings of Ukrainians about the future of the state were hope (43%), optimism (31%) and anxiety (28%).

In addition, Burkovskyi said, the number of respondents who feel confused when thinking about the fate of Ukraine in the future has increased.

“Despite the fact that feelings have become more cautious, most of our fellow citizens remain optimistic. Still, the majority believes that there will be more good than bad things in the new year – 62%,” the analyst said.