Ukraine: 4 parties to enter the Parliament, Medvedchuk's trial set to divert voter's attention from real problems - poll suggests

The All-Ukrainian Public Opinion Survey held on July 30 - August 2, 2021 by the international research center BURI (The Belgium-Ukraine Research Institute, Belgium) suggests that in case of early parliamentary elections in Ukraine four parties would have the highest chances to enter the Ukrainian parliament.

According to the survey results, the respondents' answers to the question: “What will be the choice of yours if the parliamentary elections are to be held this Sunday?” were as follows: “Sluga Narodu” Party (21.4%), “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” Party (19.1%), “The European Solidarity” Party (18.5%) and “Batkivschyna” Party (12.6%). These results include the answers of those respondents who would definitely take part in the voting and have already defined their choice.

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The study also included the questions about one of the most widely discussed events of recent weeks in Ukraine - the trial over the Chairman of the Political Council of the “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” Party Viktor Medvedchuk.

Answering about their attitude to the persecution of Viktor Medvedchuk by the authorities, the majority of respondents said that they see this as an attempt to divert the attention of voters from real problems in the economy and social sphere (41.3%). Also, 21.1% of those interviewed believe that Viktor Medvedchuk’s trial is nothing more than repressions against a political opponent who would be the main competitor of the current President of Ukraine during the next election campaign.

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In several recent months, 37.4% of respondents who followed the trial and knew about the statements made by the parties in the courtroom as well as subsequent statements of prosecutors and lawyers, and assessments of independent experts, improved their attitude towards Viktor Medvedchuk. To compare, the opinion of 5.2% of the respondents about the opposition politician worsened.

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Also, the overwhelming number of respondents (58.8%) believes the fairest result of the trial would be the complete acquittal of Viktor Medvedchuk and full reinstatement of his rights. 19.7% of respondents have the opposite point of view.

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In addition, the majority of the respondents believe that the trial over Viktor Medvedchuk would increase his personal rating as well as the rating of the “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” Party. At the same time, 10.8% of the respondents believe that the trial of Viktor Medvedchuk will lead to increase in the rating of Volodymyr Zelensky and “Sluga Narodu” Party.

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The international research center BURI (The Belgium-Ukraine Research Institute) conducted the survey in Ukraine (excluding the temporarily uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and Crimea) on July 30 - August 2, 2021. The survey method: computer-assisted telephone interviews on the basis of random selection of phone numbers. Total quantity of respondents equaled to 2,010 individuals (representative sample). Error margin is 2.2%.

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