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“The fact that every third Ukrainian believes that the best way to fight corruption is shooting (as in China), with 16% of those being fully convinced, and 19.5% more likely agree, speaks for itself,” the newspaper wrote.

In general, 80% of citizens are convinced that the level of corruption in the country has either remained unchanged or increased this year, reads the report on the poll, which was carried out for ZN.UA by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

Some 47.3% of Ukrainians believe that the level of corruption has remained unchanged, with 31.8% of those claiming it has increased. Only 5% of respondents said they had seen a decrease in corruption, while 15% of people said they were unable to evaluate the scale of the problem.

The most radical views were given by citizens in Mykolayiv, Chernivtsi and Donetsk regions.

This is an alarming signal for the government - despite the fact that more than 40% either "strongly disagree" or "tend to disagree" with the introduction of the death penalty for corruption.

The most tolerant in this matter were citizens of Zakarpattia region - 42% of respondents were against such an extreme measure, with 37% in Galychyna and only 13.4% of respondents in the central regions strongly opposing the idea of the death penalty for corruption.

The survey entitled "The views and opinions of the population of Ukraine: December 2014" was carried out by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology on December 4-19, 2014.

The study was conducted on the basis of 3,035 interviews with adult residents of Ukraine who live in 179 settlements of Ukraine. The sampling error does not exceed 1.8%. In Luhansk and Donetsk regions the survey was conducted only in those areas under the control of the Ukrainian authorities.