14:47 17.12.2008

Economic crisis hits most Ukrainians, survey shows

According to a national survey conducted by the Kyiv Horshenin Institute of Management Problems November 25 through December 5, 2008, the economic crisis has affected most Ukrainian citizens.

A total of 2,000 respondents aged over 18 from 160 population centers participated in the study. The poll's margin of error is 2.2%.

According to the survey, the financial-economic crisis hit 77.1% of Ukrainians, some 12.7% said they were not affected by it, and 10.3% of respondents were undecided. The study shows that the crisis hit both the well off and the poor.

A total of 90.8% of those polled described their financial state as "making both ends meet" and 83.1% said they are short of money for food. Only 2.4% of Ukrainians said they were not hit by the economic crisis at all.

Some 63.6% of Ukrainians said they are mostly afraid of such consequences of the economic crisis as a significant decrease in living conditions, 40.5% are afraid of losing their jobs, 27.2% are afraid of the famine, 23.7% are afraid of losing their savings, 5.9% are afraid of losing housing or other property, while 2.8% said they are not afraid of any consequences of the crisis, and 3.4% were undecided.

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