More than half of Ukrainians are afraid to openly speak against authorities in the press, at rallies and meetings.

These are the results of an opinion poll, carried out by the Gorshenin Institute.

At the same time, some 25% of those polled are convinced there is nothing to fear.

According to the results of the poll, some 45.6% of respondents believe that any mass actions and rallies of citizens in defense of their rights are impossible in Ukraine in the nearest future. Some 35.9% of those poll surmise that such actions may take place.

At the same time, two thirds of Ukrainians consider impossible the introduction of amendments into the legislation, as a result of which the President of Ukraine would be appointed by the Verkhovna Rada. The majority of those polled believe that Ukraine needs the post of President – some 67.4%.

According to the results of the poll, some 90% of Ukrainians support canceling the deputies immunity.

The investigation was carried out during February 12-25, 2007. 2012 respondents aged over 18 were polled. The error margin does not exceed 2.4%.