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2019th: Results and Forecasts

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.