Almost 80% of Ukrainians trust in Zelensky – poll

13:14, 17 September 2019
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According to the survey conducted by Razumkov Centre for Economic and Political Studies, the most trusted government and public institutions are the president of Ukraine (79% of respondents), the Armed Forces of Ukraine (74%), civil volunteer organizations (69%), the State Emergency Service (64%), the National Guard Ukraine (64%), churches (63%), the State Border Guard Service (63%), volunteer battalions (62%), as well as the government (57%), the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (57%), the media (56%), NGOs (52%), and the National Police of Ukraine (51%).

Respondents most often expressed non-confidence in the Russian media (80% of those polled do not trust them), the judicial system as a whole (72%), local courts (66%), commercial banks (65%), political parties (63%), prosecutors (61%), the Supreme Court (59%), the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (56%), the state apparatus (officials) (55%), the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine, or NABU (54%), the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office, or SAPO (53%), the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, or NACP (52%), the National Bank of Ukraine, or NBU (51%), the High Anti-Corruption Court, or HACC (50%), and trade unions (49%).

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The president's performance is positively assessed by 70% of respondents (9% negatively), the new Cabinet of Ministers is highly evaluated by 45% of pollees and criticized by 8%, the newly elected Verkhovna Rada by 44% and 10%, respectively; the Servant of the People parliamentary faction by 50% and 11%, respectively.

The activities of other parliamentary factions and groups in parliament are more often negatively assessed: only 14% of respondents positively assess the activities of the European Solidarity faction (59% negatively); the Opposition Platform – For Life faction – 17% and 54%, respectively; the Batkivshchyna faction – 23% and 44%, respectively; the Holos (Voice) faction – 23% and 35%, respectively; the Za Maibutnie (For the Future) faction – 9% and 28%, respectively.

Some 52% of respondents believe that the fact that a majority of one party is formed in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will have more positive consequences for the country; only 11% say it will have more negative consequences, and 23% consider it will have both positive and negative consequences.

In addition, 57.2% of Ukrainians believe developments in Ukraine are happening in the right direction, 16.8% do not share this opinion, while another 26% found it difficult to answer the question.

Moreover, 41.3% of respondents believe Ukraine is able to overcome existing problems and difficulties over the next few years, 40% think it is able to overcome them in the longer term, only 6% say it is not possible to do at all, and another 12.7% could not answer.

At the same time, 62.1% of respondents believe the new government's activities will improve the situation in the country, 7.2% say its work will only worsen the situation, 15% predict it will not significantly change the situation in the country, and 15.7% could not answer.

The survey was conducted across Ukraine excluding Crimea and the occupied districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions on September 6-11, 2019. A total of 2,018 respondents aged 18 and older were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.

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