Three fourths of Ukrainians believe military conflict in Donbas most urgent problem for country - poll
KYIV. Aug 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Some 77% of respondents polled by Seetarget believe that the most urgent problem for Ukraine is the military conflict in the eastern part of the country.
According to the results of the social research conducted from July 26 through August 17, 2018 presented on Monday at Interfax-Ukraine, the half of the respondents believe that corruption and bribes are the main problem, one third of respondents pointed out the unemployment rate, 19% - low salaries and pensions and 16% - not enough level of social protection.
Among the most important personal problems the respondents named low wages and pensions (52% of respondents), tariff hikes (49%), price hikes and inflation (45%). At the same time, a quarter of respondents are personally concerned about the military conflict in the east of the country, and the unemployment problem is a concern of 23% of respondents.
The main threats for Ukrainians, according to the respondents, are economic collapse (60%), impoverishment of the population (55%), activation of hostilities in Donbas (49%), mass migration of Ukrainians abroad (47.5%) and the threat of a full-scale war with Russia (43%).
At the same time, respondents' opinions on whether Ukraine can solve its problems on its own are divided: 45.4% of respondents answered that they can, and 42.3% - that Ukraine needs international support for this.
Also, almost 80% of respondents opposed the sale of farmland.
In addition, the respondents believe that in Ukraine there is a social tension between the poor and the rich (71%) and between managers and hired workers (57%). At the same time, the overwhelming majority of respondents do not see any tensions between representatives of different generations, ethnic groups, residents of different regions and urban and rural residents.
The poll was conducted using a face-to-face interview from July 26 through August 17, 2018 in 24 regions of Ukraine and Kyiv city (apart from the occupied areas of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions). A total of 2,627 respondents from 63 cities and 105 rural areas were polled. For increasing the representativeness of the study the boost technology was used to increase the number of respondents from rural areas. The survey's margin of error is no more than 1.92%.