The majority of citizens believe that in most sectors of life the situation in Ukraine has become worse this year, although less than last year. These are the results of a nationwide survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the sociological service of the Razumkov Centre on 13-18 December.
The most negative changes in 2019, according to the respondents, took place: in the situation of prices and tariffs 61% of the population (85% in 2018), health care (46%) and social protection (44%).
The improvement of the situation was noted by citizens only in three areas – defense potential of the country (31% – changes for the better, 15% – changes for the worse and another 44% – no changes), international image of Ukraine (31% – changes for the better, 21% – changes for the worse and 38% – no changes) and international relations (19% – changes for the better, 15% – changes for the worse and 54% – no changes).
Volodymyr Zelensky was recognized as a politician of 2019 – he was named in the open question by 46% of the population. Next are: Petro Poroshenko (7.5%, last year – 16%), Yulia Tymoshenko (3%, last year – 12%), Dmitry Razumkov (3%), Yuriy Boyko (3%, last year – 4%), Victor Medvedchuk (2%).
The main political event of 2019 in Ukraine was undoubtedly the elections – parliamentary and presidential (58% of citizens named this event), and this event was marked as positive. The following events were followed: the liberation of prisoners (8%), a meeting of the Normandy Four group (5%), receiving Thomos (2%), the deployment of troops in Donbas (2%), the introduction of a land market (2%). Not a single event could name 16% (last year – 12%).
The main political event of 2019 in the world was named the Normandy meeting (23%). Following: the impeachment of Trump (6%), the war in Syria (2%), Brexit (2%), protests of “yellow vests” in France (2%). Not a single event could name 51%.
The overwhelming majority of citizens (44%) believe that Ukraine is going in the right direction, 36% are convinced of the wrong direction, while another 20% have not defined their opinion. On the contrary, at the end of last year 2018, the vast majority (70%) considered the wrong direction of the country’s progress and only 18% – correct (12% were undecided).
The majority of citizens are quite optimistic about next year: 21% are sure that next year will definitely be better than this one, another 61% hope for it, 8% believe it will be worse, and only 1% are sure that next year will be worse.