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Assessment of the work of authorities and reaction to current events

On November 22 – 25, 2019 Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted a public opinion poll with the use of CATI (computer-assisted telephone interviews). Data were collected from 1500 respondents, using the random sample of mobile numbers. The sample is representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and above. The sample does not include the territories that are temporarily out of Ukrainian control: the AR of Crimea, some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The statistical sampling error with a probability of 0.95 does not exceed 3%. The data of this study are compared with the results of the KIIS surveys conducted on November 4 to 7, October 9 to 11, and September 6 to 19, 2019.

 

  • Nearly half of those polled (45%) said their utility bills in October 2019 had increased compared to October 2018. Also, 35% of respondents reported that these costs had not changed or had decreased.

  • About 14% of the Ukrainians spend more than half of their family income on utility bills. Comparing the results of this survey with the KIIS survey conducted in 2015 on the request of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (http://www.fes.kiev.ua/new/wb/media/publikationen/Stavlennya_ua_do_energozberezhennia_en.pdf), the proportion of those households that spend more than half of their income on utilities have more than doubled over 4 years (from 6% to 14%). The share of those that spend on utilities from a third to a half of income increased from 16% to 21%. Accordingly, the number of those spending on utility bills up to 10% of income has decreased: from 18% in 2015 to 12% in 2019. The proportion of those spending from 10% to 30% decreased as well: from 48% to 41%.

  • By the end of November, 52% of those polled had a positive attitude to Volodymyr Zelenskyi, 19% hold a negative attitude. During the fall, the share of those who favor Zelenskyi has decreased: it was 73% in September, 66% in October, 64% in early November, and 52% in late November. The share of those who take Zelenskyi negatively has increased during the autumn: it was 7% in September, 9% in October, 12% in early November, 19% at the end of November.

  • By the end of November, 11% of those polled had a positive attitude to Oleksii Goncharuk, 25% hold a negative perception. During the fall, the share of those who do not know Oleksii Goncharuk decreased: it was 49% in September, 48% in October, 40% in early November, 36% in late November. At the same time, the proportion of those who treat him negatively increased: it was 9% in September, 14% in October, 18% in early November, and 25% in late November.

  • At the end of November, 24% of those polled thought of Dmytro Razumkov positively, 16% had a negative attitude. At the end of November, the share of those who treat Razumkov negatively increased significantly compared to the beginning of November: from 16% to 9%.

  • At the end of November, 23% of those polled had a positive attitude towards Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, 32% had a negative attitude. The indicators of Yuriy Boyko are roughly the same as those of Sviatoslav Vakarchuk: 23% view him positively, 33% negatively. Petro Poroshenko is viewed positively by about 12% of respondents, negatively – by 64%. Also, 20% of respondents had a positive attitude to Yulia Tymoshenko, 41% – had negative. Viktor Medvedchuk is viewed positively by about 15% of the participants in the study, negatively – by 44%. Arsenii Yatseniuk had the support of about 9% of the polled, while 59% of respondents treat him negatively. Oleg Tiahnybok is viewed positively by about 11% of respondents, and negatively – by about 47%. Vadym Rabinovych received a positive attitude from about 15% of those who participated in the research, negative – from 41% of respondents.

  • Compared to the beginning of November, the assessment of the actions of the President of Ukraine has worsened at the end of the month: the share of those who approve of his work has decreased by 10 percentage points (from 64% to 54%), and the share of those who disapprove has increased by 13 percentage points (from 23% to 36%).

  • Compared to the beginning of November, the assessment of the work of the Government of Ukraine has worsened by the end of the month: its work is approved by 7 percentage points smaller number of people (decrease from 44% to 37%), and disapproved by 11 percentage points greater number of people (increase from 37% to 48%). The assessment of the activities of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has been worsening since October.

  • Assessment of the work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has also worsened by the end of November: compared to the beginning of the month the approval of the parliament`s activities has decreased by 9 percentage points (from 45% to 36%) and the disapproval has increased by 12 percentage points (from 40% to 52%). The assessment of the activities of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has been worsening since October.

  • The adoption of the Land Market Law in the first reading by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was supported by 29% of respondents and disapproved of by twice as many respondents - 64%.

  • If an all-Ukrainian referendum on the sale of the agricultural land was held next Sunday, then 22% of the Ukrainians would vote "for" the land market, 59% - “against”, another 14% would not vote.

  • The survey participants gave the following estimates about the positions and voting of parties in the parliament on the sale of lands: 20% approved of the vote of "Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)", 39% have not approved (the balance is -19%); 23% approved of the vote of “Opozytsiina platforma – Za jyttia (Opposition Platform - For Life)”, 24% have disapproved (the balance is -1% balance); 25% approve the vote of “Batkivshchyna (Motherland)”, 23% have disapproved (the balance is +2%); 15% approved of the vote of “Yevropeiska solidarnist (European Solidarity)”, 28% have disapproved (the balance is -13%); also, 15% approved of the vote of “Holos (Voice)”, and 22% have disapproved it (the balance is -7%).

  • If foreigners will be able to buy land in Ukraine before the conduction of a relevant referendum, mentioned by the President Zelenskyi, it will be the responsibility of the Verkhovna Rada – 43% of respondents said; 17% believe it will be responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers; 51% think that of the President Zelenskyi; 10% - of the Constitutional Court; 14% - of the party "Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)"; 14% - of the law enforcement agencies (General Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs); 10% - of the Supreme Court.

  • When assessing which of the parliamentary parties have the most thoughtful and realistic solutions to ending the military conflict in Donbas, 31% of respondents named "Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)", 17% - “Opozytsiina platforma – Za jyttia (Opposition Platform - For Life)”, 5% - “Batkivshchyna (Motherland)”, 9% - “Yevropeiska solidarnist (European Solidarity)”, 4% - “Holos (Voice)”.

  • When evaluating which of the parliamentary parties have the most thoughtful and realistic solutions for reducing gas prices for the population of Ukraine, 18% of respondents named "Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)", 17% - “Opozytsiina platforma – Za jyttia (Opposition Platform - For Life)”, 15% - “Batkivshchyna (Motherland)”, 4% said it was “Yevropeiska solidarnist (European Solidarity)”, 1% named “Holos (Voice)”.

  • Oleksandr Korniienko, the leader of the party "Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)", made a statement that their faction would support the removal of the immunity of Petro Poroshenko, the People's Deputy and the fifth President of Ukraine, if such a request came to the Verkhovna Rada: evaluating this, 74% of those polled, in one way or another, support this decision, 21% - do not.

  • Evaluating the efforts of the new government in resolving the conflict in Donbas, 51% say it is not coping very well, 40% believe it is doing a good job on that. At the beginning of November, these figures were as follows: 44% and 46%, respectively.

  • Evaluating the success of the new government in the fight against corruption in the upper echelons of authorities, 70% can not see any success, and 22% believe that there are some good results.

  • Half of the Ukrainians (47%) believe that the new government does well in ensuring the freedom of expression, 44% - that it is not successful in this. At the beginning of November, the situation was as follows: slightly more than half (55%) saw success in securing free speech, more than a third (36%) disagreed.

  • The majority of respondents (71%) do not see any progress in the investigation of resonant criminal cases, 17% note the success though. A similar situation was observed in early November.

  • 75% of respondents do not see the success of the new government in reducing utility tariffs, 16% say they can see it.

  • 46% of the survey participants do not see any success in solving the problem of reliable gas supply to Ukraine and gas transit to Europe through our territory, 28% admit they see it.


 

Addition. Tables

 

Tell us, please, comparing the sum of utility bills (heating, gas, electricity, hot water, garbage collection, etc.) that your family paid in October 2019 with the sum of utility bills as of October  2018, it…

Remained the same as a year ago 25
Became smaller than the last year 10
Became bigger than the last year 45
Difficult to say, denial from answering 20

 

Tell us, please, what percentage of your family's total income was spent in October on utility bills (heating, gas, electricity, hot water, garbage collection, etc.)?

  KIIS poll for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in 2015 KIIS poll of November 22-25, 2019
Up to 10% 18 12
From 10 to 30% 48 41
From 30% to 50% 16 21
More than 50% 6 14
DIFFICULT TO SAY/DENIAL 13 12

 

Who of these politicians or public figures are known to you? How do you feel about this politician in general - positively, negatively or neutral?

    Positively Neutral Negatively Do not know such politician
Yurii Boiko September 20 36 34 10
October 24 34 33 10
November 4-7   22 34 34 10
November 22-25 23 33 33 11
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk September 25 41 26 9
October 25 37 26 12
November 4-7  24 40 28 8
November 22-25 23 38 32 8
Oleksii Honcharuk September 17 25 9 49
October 10 28 14 48
November 4-7  14 29 18 40
November 22-25 11 28 25 36
Volodymyr Zelenskyi September 73 19 7 1
October 66 23 9 3
November 4-7  64 23 12 1
November 22-25 52 28 19 2
Viktor Medvedchuk September 14 30 44 13
October 15 28 43 14
November 4-7  14 28 46 12
November 22-25 15 29 44 12
Petro Poroshenko September 12 23 64 1
October 11 22 65 1
November 4-7  14 24 62 1
November 22-25 12 22 64 1
Vadym Rabinovych September 14 30 38 18
October 15 29 36 20
November 4-7  13 29 40 19
November 22-25 15 29 41 15
Dmytro Razumkov September 33 29 7 31
October 27 30 8 36
November 4-7  30 34 9 28
November 22-25 24 33 16 27
Yuliia Tymoshenko September 19 38 42 1
October 23 40 36 1
November 4-7  23 40 35 1
November 22-25 20 38 41 2
Arsenii Yatseniuk November 22-25 9 30 59 2
Oleh Tiahnybok November 22-25 11 35 47 7

 

To what extent do you approve or disapprove of the actions and statements of Volodymyr Zelenskyi in September-November of this year?

On August 29, a new composition of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine was launched. To what extent do you approve or disapprove of the actions of the Cabinet of Ministers in September-November of this year?

To what extent do you approve or disapprove of the actions of the Verkhovna Rada in September-November of this year?

 

  President Cabinet of Ministers Verkhovna Rada
  October November 4-7 November 22-25 October November 4-7 November 22-25 October November 4-7 November 22-25
Fully support 25 23 16 14 9 7 12 8 6
Rather support 39 41 38 37 35 30 41 37 30
Support 64 64 54 51 44 37 53 45 36
Rather not support 13 14 22 16 24 27 19 26 30
Not support at all 9 9 14 11 13 21 11 14 22
Not support 22 23 36 27 37 48 30 40 52
Difficult to say/Denial 14 13 11 23 19 16 17 15 13

 

On November 13, the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading adopted a law that allows for the sale of agricultural land. Some people support this decision, others do not. And what is your opinion?

I fully support the vote on the land sale permit 11.4
I rather support the vote on the land sale permit 17.3
Support 29
Rather do not support the vote on the land sale permit 15.4
Do not support the vote on the land sale permit at all 50.0
Not support 64
DIFFICULT TO SAY/DENIAL 5.9

 

If the All-Ukrainian referendum on the sale of agricultural land were held next Sunday, how would you vote?

I would vote FOR the decision to sell agricultural land 22
I would vote AGAINST the decision to sell agricultural land 59
Would not participate in such voting 14
DIFFICULT TO SAY/DENIAL 5

 

Tell us, please, about each of the listed parliamentary parties whose vote and position about the sale of land do you approve and whose vote and position for the sale of land do you disapprove?

  Approve Disapprove Difficult to say, I know little about the vote and the position of this party
"Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)" 20 39 41
“Opozytsiina platforma – Za jyttia (Opposition Platform - For Life)” 23 24 53
“Batkivshchyna (Motherland)” 25 23 51
“Yevropeiska solidarnist (European Solidarity)” 15 28 57
“Holos (Voice)” 15 22 63

 

Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the President, stated that foreigners will NOT be able to buy land in Ukraine without the consent of the people of Ukraine in an all-Ukrainian referendum. And if the purchase of land by foreigners occurs before such a referendum, who do you think should be responsible for it? (MULTIPLE ANSWERS MAY BE SELECTED)

Verkhovna Rada 43
Cabinet of Ministers 17
President 51
Constitutional Court 10
Party “Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)” 14
Law enforcement agencies (General Prosecutor's Office, MIA) 14
Supreme Court 13
DIFFICULT TO SAY/DENIAL 14

 

Out of this list of parties in the parliament, choose, please, those that, in your opinion, offer the most thoughtful and realistic solutions for ending the military conflict in Donbas and establishing peace.

Out of this list of parties in the parliament, choose, please, those that, in your opinion, offer the most thoughtful and realistic solutions for reducing gas prices for the population of Ukraine.

  Solutions for ending the military conflict in Donbas Solutions for reducing gas prices
"Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)" 31 18
“Opozytsiina platforma – Za jyttia (Opposition Platform - For Life)” 17 17
“Batkivshchyna (Motherland)” 5 15
“Yevropeiska solidarnist (European Solidarity)” 9 4
“Holos (Voice)” 4 1
None of them 11 11
Difficult to say, I know little about the vote and the position of these parties 32 41

 

Oleksandr Korniienko, the leader of the party "Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People)", made a statement that their faction would support the removal of the immunity of Petro Poroshenko, the People's Deputy and the fifth President of Ukraine, if such a request came to the Verkhovna Rada. Some people support this statement, others do not. And what is your opinion? 

Fully support 58.2
Rather support 15.8
Support 74
Rather not support 8.4
Not support at all 12.6
Not support 21
DIFFICULT TO SAY/DENIAL 5

 

In your opinion, how successfully or not successfully the new authorities (the President, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Verkhovna Rada, law enforcement agencies) are coping with such tasks as…

    Very successfully Rather successfully   Rather unsuccessfully Fully unsuccessfully   DIFFICULT TO SAY/DENIAL
End of conflict in Donbas  November 4-7 4 42 46 32 12 44 10
November 22-25 3 37 40 30 21 51 9
Fight against corruption in the higher echelons of authorities November 4-7 4 19 23 33 36 69 8
November 22-25 2 20 22 30 40 70 8
Ensuring the freedom of speech in Ukraine November 4-7 13 42 55 24 12 36 8
November 22-25 10 37 47 27 17 44 10
Investigation of resonant criminal cases November 4-7 2 16 18 36 34 70 12
November 22-25 1 16 17 34 37 71 12
Reduced tariffs for utilities (heating, gas, electricity, hot water, garbage collection, etc.) November 22-25 1 15 16 36 39 75 9
Ensuring reliable supply of Ukraine with natural gas and transit of gas through Ukraine to Europe November 22-25 3 25 28 30 16 46 26

 


27.11.2019
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