Poll reveals first five steps Ukrainians expect from new president

21:58, 16 May 2019
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Ukrainian citizens want future president Volodymyr Zelensky to strip immunity from Members of Parliament, judges, the president; to start talks on Donbas with Russia and two self-proclaimed republics; to facilitate the return of Ukrainian prisoners of war from Russia; initiate the dissolution of the current parliament and hold snap parliamentary elections; and ensure the stability of the national currency.

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Such findings were announced by the Social Monitoring Center, the Ukrainian Institute for Social Research named after Oleksandr Yaremenko and the Rating Sociological Group at a press conference in Kyiv, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

According to the poll, the largest number of respondents (53.7%) want the newly elected president to cancel parliamentary, judicial and presidential immunity.

"The steps that are associated with resolving the conflict in the country's east and its consequences, took second and third places: 'Start direct talks in the quadrilateral format – Ukraine-Russia-so-called 'DPR'-'LPR' – for a ceasefire and the return of Donbas' (40.9%) and 'Ensure the return of Ukrainian prisoners of war and detained persons' (38.4%)," the researchers said in a press release.

The fourth step is to initiate the dissolution of the incumbent parliament and hold snap parliamentary elections (38.1%). The fifth is to ensure the stability of the national currency and banking system (33.7%).

The survey was conducted from April 30 to May 10, 2019, in 24 regions of Ukraine and the city of Kyiv. A total of 3,000 respondents were polled through individual, face-to-face interviews at respondents' place of residence. The margin of error is between 1.10% and 1.83%.

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