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Readiness of the Ukrainians to participate in social protest actions, December 2017

Press release by Liana Novikova


On December 1-14. 2017. Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted its own public opinion poll. Data were collected from 2039 respondents living in 110 settlements in all oblasts of Ukraine (except for the AR of Crimea) with the method of personal interviewing. The sample is stochastic and representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and above. In Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts survey was conducted only in the territories that are controlled by the Ukrainian government.

The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and for a design effect of 1.5) does not exceed: 3.3% — for indexes close to 50%, 2.8% — for indexes close to 25%, 2.0% — for indexes close to 10%, 1.4% — for indexes close to 5%.

According to the data of polls conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, 40% of the adult population of Ukraine was ready to participate in the protest actions in December 2017. Compared to the previous years, the level of readiness to participate in social protest initially increased from 43% in December 2014 to 49% in December 2016. and then declined to 40% in December 2017. At the same time, the proportion of those who argue that they are not ready to take part in any mass protests increased from 46% in 2016 to 53% in 2017.


The largest number of people are still ready to resort to such forms of social protest as participation in an electoral company[1] (29%), collecting signatures under collective calls (17%), authorized rallies and demonstrations (10%). From 2% to 3% of respondents indicated that they were ready to take part in such actions as the strike, boycott, picketing of state institutions, unauthorized rallies and demonstrations.


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