Most Ukrainians think battle against corruption lost – survey
Most (85.9%) Ukrainians think the battle against corruption in the country is completely or mostly unsuccessful, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Foundation of Democratic Initiatives named after Ilko Kucheriv and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).
Survey results released at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Thursday show 60.2% percent of respondents believe the battle is completely lost, 25.7% mostly lost, but with some successes, 7.8% mostly successful, but with numerous unsolved problems. Only 1.2% of those polled said the battle against corruption is a success.
More than half of those surveyed blamed failure to punish corrupt official on the president – 60.%, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine – 36.9%, courts – 29.5% or on newly established anti-corruption agencies, including the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) – 25.5%.
More than half of respondents (60.5%) said they had not given or been asked to give a bribe in 2017, while 14.4% declined the answer to the question. Some 10.1% of those polled answered in the affirmative, with 7.1% saying they gave money, presents – 5%.
The survey was conducted from October 23 through November 5, 2017 and paid for by the United States Agency for International Development. Some 1,614 people 18 years and older took part in all parts of Ukraine, except Crimea and occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The theoretical margin of error is estimated not to exceed 2.6%.