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In what do ukrainians believe and not beleive?

KyivInternationalInstituteofSociology (KIIS) carriedoutrepresentativesurveyoftheadultpopulationofUkraineonDecember14-21, 2009 commissionedbyAll-Ukrainiancivicorganization «LaborFront» ( Withtheapplicationofthe random sample of telephone numbers405 respondentsattheageof18 andolderresidingin27 villagesand 42 citiesandtownsinallregionsofUkraineandARCrimea (total 69 settlements) were interviewed by the telephoneinterviewmethod. Fieldstageofthesurveywasperformedon December 15-18, 2009.

Statistical sampling error (with the probability 0.95 and without allowing for design effect) does not exceed 5%.

Respondentswereoffered15 statementsthatoftenappearamongthe pre-election promises of the presidential candidates. Weaskedrespondentstosay whether they believe or not in those statementsIn addition,theywereabletoexpresspartialbelieveordisbelieve.

 The survey results demonstrate that:

  • Morethanahalf of respondents do not trust the words and promises of any of the Ukrainian presidential candidates.
  • The largest number of respondents (86%) regard as a lie the information provided in the income declarations of the presidential candidates. In addition, 79,5% of Ukrainians expressed an opinion that affairs in Ukraine develop in the wrong direction. 74% do not believe that candidates will conduct their pre-election campaign fairly, moreover 73% declared that they do not trust pre-election promises of any presidential candidate.
  • Considerably larger hopes regarding bettering their life people imposeatforeign countries – Russia and European Union. 
  • Nevertheless, in the end of 2009 Ukrainians arrived with the moderateoptimism while they hope that the next year for Ukraine willbebetter than the current, and presidential candidates despite fierce competition will come to an agreement between themselves after elections.
  • And most importantly, Ukrainians believe that improvement of their own life depends only on them.
  • Urban residents are somewhat more critical in their expressions than rural residents are.  Senior people are more desperate than the young people are.  Considerable differences were recorded between the West and the East of Ukraine[1], while residents of the West appear more desperate. Thus, residents of the West demonstrate more distrust in the possibility that presidential candidates will really fulfill their programs, moreover, they poorly evaluate chances of presidential candidates to overcome poverty and unemployment, better people’s life in general.
  • Still prevail traditional for Ukraine geopolitical preferences: residents of the West are more inclined to believe that European Union can make their life better.  (This opinion share 36% of respondents in the West and 22% of respondents in the East).  Residents of the East, on the contrary, are more inclined to believe that their life could be improved by Russia. Half of the respondents in the East and every fifth respondent in the West share this opinion.


West  – Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Lviv, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Kyiv regions and c.Kyiv;

East- Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Dniptopetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Odesaregions, ARCrimeaandc.Sevastopol.

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