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Perception of social well-being of the residents of Ukraine in May 2017
Social welfare is worsening due to an increase in the number of those who believe that things in the state are moving in the wrong direction. Individual well-being has not changed a lot.KIIS has been conducting an annual systematical assessment of two indices for the evaluation and monitoring of public and individual well-being: the Index of social well-being (ISW) and the Index of individual well-being (IIW) for the six years already. Values of indices may range from -100 to 100 points, where -100 stands for the lowest assessment of the situation and dissatisfaction, and 100 - for the highest assessment and overall satisfaction with the situation in the country or in the personal life.
What problems disturb the Ukrainians
As the results of the study show, the vast majority of respondents (72%) are concerned about the war in the East of Ukraine. Also, among the most worrying problems for the Ukrainians are the standard of living (60%), the economic situation (47%) and the security of Ukraine (21%).
Of all the problems mentioned in the question, the least the Ukrainians are concerned about the status of the Russian language in Ukraine (1%) and the relations between the citizens of Ukraine of different nationalities (2%).
Compared to 2016, the level of concern for social problems among citizens has not changed much, but the Ukrainians have become less concerned about the relations with Russia, and criminality.
Stressful situations in the lives of the Ukrainians, 2016
According to the latest KIIS survey, 58% of participants experienced some stressful situation during the last year. Compared to the data of 2015 this percentage decreased by 5 percentage points (it was 64% last year), while the percentages of those who lost the belief in people, and of those who found themselves left with no livelihood slightly increased. The amount of those who became jobless decreased.
The amount of those who did not experience any stressful situation increased by 3 percentage points (from 34% in 2015 to 37% in 2016).
Trust to social institutions
The most trustworthy institutions for the Ukrainians are the church, volunteers and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The least trustworthy are the government of Ukraine, Russian mass-media and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (these institutions` trust rate among the population is less than 10%). In general, the trust rate changed significantly over the past year. There is a tendency for the decrease of the Ukrainians rate of trust toward the social institutions.
COMMENTARY ABOUT THE STANDARDS FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE SOCIOLOGICAL RATINGS
It turns out that many people interpret the sociological ratings incorrectly. Partly it is the fault of sociologists because they can not agree on the standards for the publication of ratings (actually they have agreed on some but not all). This comment is ought to help the readers of our site to understand this matter.The first thing that is always made public is the percentage of those who will vote for a particular party (or candidate) WITH THE RESPECT TO ALL RESPONDENTS. This is the direct results of the survey, and in relation to these indicators, the sampling errors are calculated. These data are needed to compare different studies, but THEY DO NOT SHOW WHAT PARTIES WILL BE ELECTED TO THE PARLIAMENT.