​Ukraine: four parties to enter the Parliament, no achievements in combating corruption added the most to negative reputation of Ukrainian authorities, poll suggests

According to a survey conducted on June 11-15th 2021, should parliamentary elections in Ukraine be held ‘next Sunday’, the “Sluga Narodu” (21.6%) and the “Opposition Platform – Za Zhittya” (18.7%) would receive the greatest voter support. The next Ukrainian parliament would also include “The European Solidarity” (17.8%) and “Batkivschyna” (10.5%) parties.

Other political parties, in particular “Syla i Chest” (4.9%), The Shariy Party (4.0%), The Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko (3.9%), “Groysman’s Ukrainian Strategy” (3.6%), “Svoboda” (2.3%), “Za Maibutnie” (1.8%), “Gromadyanska Pozitsiya” (1.2%), “Golos” (0.9%), "Samopomich" (0.7%), “Opposition Bloc” (0.7%), “The National Corps” (0.6%) and ‘’The People's Front’’ (0.4%) would have significantly lower chance of entering the next parliament.

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Assessing the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky’s second year in office, most respondents claimed that decisions that most negatively affected reputation of Ukrainian authorities were: lack of achievements in combatting corruption, corruption scandals involving the President’s entourage (71.5%), further increase of tariffs and the promise to introduce market prices for gas and heat for the end consumers given to the IMF (68.2%), failure to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and politically motivated choice of vaccine (64.8%), blocking the negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas and no peace in Donbas (58,4%), terminated broadcasting of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZiK and Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channels (53.9%).

Extrajudicial repressions and sanctions against Ukrainian citizens by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (sanctions against opposition politicians Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak, other individuals) (42,5%), opening of land market and threat of appropriation of the national resource by foreign corporations (40.1%), refusal from irreciprocal release of four detained citizens of Ukraine suggested by the leaders of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics (38.8%), failed HR policy, weak professional level of the officials (36.3%), admission of foreigners to the management bodies of state-owned companies and unreasonably high payments to their managers and members of the Supervisory Boards (36.1%).

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Speaking about the impact of the terminated broadcasting of Ukraine’s opposition TV channels NewsOne, ZiK and 112 Ukraine on the reputation of Ukrainian authorities, most respondents indicated that this decision would lead to a deterioration of Ukraine’s reputation abroad (53.7%):

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The international research centre BURI (The Belgium-Ukraine Research Institute) conducted the survey in Ukraine (excluding the temporarily uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and Crimea) on June 11-15th, 2021.

The survey method: computer-assisted telephone interviews on the basis of random selection of phone numbers. Total quantity of respondents equaled 2,018 individuals (representative sample). Error margin is 2.2%.

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