17:13 11.10.2023

Ukrainian citizens trust Armed Forces most of all – survey

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Ukrainian citizens trust Armed Forces most of all – survey

KYIV. Oct 11 (Interfax-Ukraine) – More than 90% of citizens trust the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), according to the results of a survey conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center on September 21-27 within the framework of the Join In! Program for Promoting Social Activism.

According to the survey presented at the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency on Wednesday, 93% of respondents trust the AFU, 85% trust volunteer detachments, 84% trust volunteer organizations, 83% trust the State Emergency Service, 81% trust the National Guard, and 76.5% trust the State Border Guard Service.

The rest of the rating of trust was distributed as follows: the president of Ukraine (72%), the Ministry of Defense (71%), the Security Service (66%), non-governmental organizations (60.5%), the church (59%), the National Police (57%), the head of the city (town, village) in which the respondent lives (54%).

Respondents more often expressed trust than distrust in the council of the city (town, village) in which they live (49% and 41%, respectively), the Ukrainian media outlets (47% and 43%), the National Bank (46% and 42%), the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights (44% and 31%).

At the same time, the majority of respondents do not trust political parties (74%), the state apparatus (officials) (72%), the courts (the judicial system as a whole) (70%), the Verkhovna Rada (64%), the prosecutor's office (61%), the government (60%), commercial banks (59%), the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (53%), the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (52% each).

Respondents express more distrust than trust in trade unions (46% do not trust them, while 25% trust them).

Despite the fact that only 14% of respondents trust parties, when asked whether they see among the existing political forces those that could be entrusted with power in the post-war period, slightly more respondents give an affirmative answer – 27%. However, this is less than in July 2023 (38.5%).

Some 52% of surveyed citizens are confident that a political force, which could be entrusted with power in the post-war period, can be formed by the military. Some 30% of respondents are of the opinion that such a party could emerge from the volunteer community (which is 5% more than in July 2023), 25% - from the circle of humanitarian or technical intellectuals (7% more than in July 2023), 23% - from already existing political parties (which is 3% less than in July), 19% - from civil society organizations, 8% - from the business environment.

Some 62% of those who believe that existing parties can be trusted with power in the post-war period responded that such a political force could emerge from already functioning political parties.

The survey was conducted using the face-to-face method in the regions, Kyiv, and in the territories of the regions that are controlled by the government of Ukraine and where hostilities are not ongoing. Some 2,016 respondents aged 18 years and over were surveyed. The sampling error does not exceed 2.3%. At the same time, additional systematic deviations in the sample may be due to the consequences of Russian aggression, in particular, the forced evacuation of millions of citizens.

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