Some 50% of Ukrainians complain about inflation, rising bills – poll
Half of Ukrainians (50%), surveyed by the Razumkov Center sociological service on November 1-7, say the situation with prices and tariffs in the country has been worsening.
At the same time, 37.5% of respondents believe Ukraine is developing "in the right direction" (57% of respondents in September and 45% in October), whereas 35% of Ukrainians consider that the direction is wrong (17% in September and 29% in October).
"Thus, the share of those who believe that Ukraine is developing in the right direction now corresponds to the share of those with an opposite perspective," the study said.
Estimating how the situation in the country has changed in general since the start of 2019, some 48% of respondents say it has remained unchanged, 26% believe it has deteriorated, while 15% claim it has improved.
When assessing changes in different spheres of public life over the period under review, the Ukrainians polled most often believe that the situation has not changed (except for situation of inflation and utility bills).
So, respondents more frequently noted improvement rather than deterioration in the following areas: freedom of speech (20% and 14%, respectively), democracy (17% and 14%), defense capability (19% and 16%), Ukraine's international image (25% and 22%).
Areas where negative perception prevails over positive view are the following: prices and tariffs (50% of respondents indicate deterioration, while a mere 5% note improvement), health care (31% and 6.5% respectively), social protection (28% and 7%), family welfare (27% and 8%), wages (24% and 5%), confidence in the future (31% and 14%), stability (28% and 12%), economic situation (23.5% and 9%), crime 22% and 7%), pensions (21% and 6%), education (19% and 6%), rule of law in civil service (17% and 13%), and the situation of the Russian speakers (11% and 7%).
The share of those who believe that Ukraine is able to overcome the existing issues in the next few years has decreased from the previous months (41% in September, 34% in October, and 29% in November). Respondents who believe that the country is able to tackle them in the longer term accounted for 40%, 43.5% and 46%, respectively, while those who say Ukraine is unable to overcome the difficulties accounted for 6%, 10% and 11, 5%, respectively.
Describing the actions of the government, Ukrainian citizens most often believe that the new authorities are trying to improve the situation, but they still mostly fail to succeed (44% of respondents [in November] against 41.5% of in October). Some 25% of the respondents believe that the new government is trying to improve the situation and it mainly succeeds (29% in October), while 23% of respondents consider that the new government is imitating the efforts to this end, rather than trying to improve anything (20% in October).
The share of respondents who believe the actions of the new government met public expectations shrank from 23% in October to 17%. The share of those who consider that the actions of the new government were better than expected remained unchanged, while that of those who said that the new government had failed to meet expectations grew from 9% to 14%.
In addition, respondents who say it is too early to assess the actions of the new government accounted for 40% in October and 37% in November.
The study was conducted by the Razumkov Center on November 1-7, 2019. A total of 2,015 respondents aged 18 and older were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where the adult population selected in keeping with key social and demographic indicators was interviewed. The theoretical margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.