REUTERS

Some 53% of Ukrainians believe that events in Ukraine are developing in the wrong direction.

"Some 25% of respondents believe that events in Ukraine are developing in the right direction (against 57% in September 2019, 44% in December 2019), while 53% think that events are developing in the wrong direction (against 17% in September 2019, 36% in December 2019)," according to a conducted by the Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies named after Oleksandr Razumkov.

Thus, the share of those who believe that events in Ukraine are developing in the wrong direction has significantly exceeded the share of those who have the opposite point of view.

"Compared to the previous months, the share of those who believe that Ukraine is able to overcome existing problems and difficulties in the next few years has decreased (41% in September 2019, 28% in December, and 21% according to the latest survey). The share of those who believe that the country is able to overcome them in the more distant future was 40%, 50% and 49%, respectively), and that it's unable to overcome it, respectively (6%, 11% and 15%)," the results said.

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At the same time, it is noted that among the executive and law enforcement authorities, Ukrainian trust in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (69% of respondents), the State Emergency Service (65%), the State Border Guard Service (60%), and the National Guard of Ukraine (60%).

According to the study, distrust is most often expressed toward the state apparatus (officials) (77%), the judiciary as a whole (76%), local courts (71%), prosecutors (68%), the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (66%), the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (65%), the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (65%), the Government of Ukraine (64.5%), the Supreme Court (64%), the High Anti-Corruption Court (64%), and the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (60.5 %).

According to the survey, 6% of respondents fully support the activities of the Ukrainian government, 34% support certain measures, and 51% do not support it. The actions by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk are fully supported by 6%, while 29.5% support certain measures, and 52% show no support for any of his actions.

"A total of 28% of respondents trust the government and 64.5% don't trust it, while 25% express their confidence in Prime Minister Honcharuk and 63% don't," the study said.

It is noted the level of confidence in the government has declined significantly in recent months. It reached high indicators in September 2019, when 57% of respondents trusted the government, and only 22% did not trust it. The level of trust in the government significantly depends on political sympathies of respondents: 65% of the electorate of the Servant of the People Party trust the government, while 27% don't, among supporters of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party it's 11% against 88%, backers of European Solidarity Party – 8% against 89%, and those of Batkivshchyna Party – 18.5% against 75%, respectively.

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The survey was conducted on February 13-17, 2020 among 2,018 respondents over 18 in all regions of Ukraine (except the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Autonomous Republic Crimea and Sevastopol). The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.