How Ukrainians' moods changed over past month: Zelensky’s rating dropping, housing and communal services tariffs increasing, more than half of population still does not support land market
According to a study of public opinion conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, the rating of President Volodymyr Zelensky at the end of November 2019 fell to 52%, but the proportion of those who disapprove of his actions increased to 36%. At the same time, 19% of respondents generally have a negative attitude towards Zelensky.
During the fall, the proportion of those who are positive towards Zelensky decreased: 73% in September, 66% in October, 64% in early November, 52% in late November.
The proportion of those who feel negative about Zelensky grew during the fall: 7% in September, 9% in October, 12% in early November, 19% in late November.
Also, at the end of the month, the assessment of Zelensky’s actions worsened compared to the beginning of November.
In particular, the number of those who approve of Zelensky’s work decreased by 10 percentage points – from 64% to 54%, and the percentage of those who disapprove increased by 13 percentage points from 23% to 36%.
Also, according to the opinion poll, 11% of respondents were positive towards Prime Minister Oleksei Honcharuk at the end of November, and 25% were negative.
During the fall, the proportion of those who do not know Honcharuk decreased: 49% in September, 48% in October, 40% in early November, 36% in late November.
At the same time, the number of those who perceive him negatively has increased: 9% in September, 14% in October, 18% in early November, 25% in late November.
Also, at the end of November, the anti-rating of parliament speaker Dmitry Razumkov increased: at the beginning of the month it was 9%, and now it is 16%. 24% of respondents are positive about him.
The leader of the Golos party, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, has 23% of respondents’ positive reaction and 32% negative.
Yuri Boyko, Co-Chairman of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, has almost the same figures as Vakarchuk’s: 23% of respondents are positive, 33% are negative.
The ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has a positive attitude of 12% of respondents, but 64% are negative..
It is also reported that evaluating the statement of the leader of the Party of the Servant of the People, Oleksandr Kornienko, that their faction will support the removal of immunity from Poroshenko, if such a request arrives at the Verkhovna Rada, 74% of respondents supported this decision, and 21% did not support it.
Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Fatherland Party, has a positive attitude of 20% of respondents, and 41% are negative.
15% of the study participants are positive about Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of the political council of Opposition Platform For Life, 44% are negative.
The former Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has 9% of respondents’ positive attitude, 59% are negative.
11% of respondents have a positive attitude to the leader of the Freedom Party, Oleg Tyagnibok, 47% are negative about him.
The indicators of the Co-Chair of the Opposition Platform For Life, Vadim Rabinovich, are as follows: 15% – positive, 41% – negative.
If the All-Ukrainian referendum on the sale of agricultural land took place next Sunday, then 22% of Ukrainians would vote “for” the land market, 59% “against”, another 14% would not take part in the vote.
It is noted that 75% of respondents do not observe the success of the new government in reducing utility tariffs, while 16% note it.
Moreover, 45% of Ukrainians surveyed said that their spending on housing and communal services in October 2019 increased compared to October 2018, and about 14% of respondents spent more than half of their family income on housing and communal services.
The opinion poll also notes that almost half of Ukrainians – 47% – believe that the new government is successful in ensuring freedom of speech, 44% hold the opposite opinion.
“In early November, the situation was as follows: a little more than half (55%) saw the success in ensuring freedom of speech, more than a third (36%) did not agree with this,” the study said.
The attitude of Ukrainians towards the high-profile activities of law enforcement agencies has not changed in a month: 71% of respondents still believe that the investigation of criminal cases is not progressing. Success is noted only by 17%. The same situation was in early November.
The study was conducted from November 22 to 25 using the CATI method (telephone interviews using a computer) based on a random selection of mobile phone numbers. The survey was not conducted on the temporarily occupied territory – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 1,500 interviews were conducted, the sampling error does not exceed 3%.
Earlier, it was reported that according to a case study by the Democratic Initiatives Fund named after Ilk Kucheriv, citizens of Ukraine consider five reforms to be top priority in the country: anti-corruption, medical, pension, reform of law enforcement and lustration of officials.