Poll - Almost half of Ukrainians believe that no party represents their interests

14:00, 16 September 2015
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48.3% of the citizens believe that the parties do not represent their interests, 33.8% have an opposite opinion, while 17.9% failed to come up with a definite answer, according to two polls conducted by the Razumkov Center.

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Moreover, 57.4% of respondents indicated that they had not heard anything about the local cells of any parties in their regions, the Razumkov Center reported while presenting the results of the polls in Kyiv on Wednesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

However, 32.7% said that they knew about the activities of local branches of parties, and 9.9% could not answer.

Moreover, among the institutions that are supposed to represent the interests of citizens, a relatively large proportion (21.6%) of respondents chose political parties. Public organizations were second most mentioned institutions (19.5%), the third were the unions (15.2%), while the fourth were the individual politicians (10.1%) The mass media gained 7.5%. Also, only 1.5% of respondents believe that the interests of citizens should be represented by the business structures.

Read alsoOver 50% of Ukrainians see Donbas conflict as Russia’s aggressive war - pollIn addition, the survey showed that 57.7% of Ukrainians believe that political parties represent the interests of financial and business structures; 37.3% - of the party leaders; 24.2% of respondents believe that the parties represent the interests of the government. 11.2%  of respondents think that political parties are there for their voters, while 15.6% failed to answer the question.

Read alsoPoll: Ukrainians dissatisfied with ATO pace in DonbasThe first study was conducted from April 29 to May 5, 2015, in all regions of Ukraine except Crimea and temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The second poll took place from November 21 to November 26, 2014, also excluding said areas. Over 2,000 respondents were surveyed in each poll, representing Ukraine’s adult population. The theoretical error of each sample (excluding design effect) is less than 2.3% with a probability of 0.95.

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