Ukrainians Have Most Trust in Church, Media, and Armed Forces
Ukrainians have the most trust in the church, the media, and the armed forces, and the least trust in the parliament, the president, and the courts, the BBC reports.
These findings are from a national survey conducted in late May by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Centre.
The majority of respondents in all regions of Ukraine also believe that in Ukraine there is freedom of speech.
According to the findings of the survey, only three social institutions are trusted by the people: the church (the balance between trust and distrust is +50%), media in Ukraine (+24.5%), the Armed Forces of Ukraine (+11%), and somewhat civil society organizations (+3%).
All other social institutions are more distrusted than trusted by Ukrainians: the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (–60.5%), courts (–56%), political parties (–52%), the government of Ukraine (–49%), police (–47% ), banks (–44%), prosecutors (–43;), the president of Ukraine (–43%), the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (–38%), the Security Service of Ukraine (–14%), local authorities (–5%).
More than half the population believes that in Ukraine there is freedom of speech (10% that it exists fully, and 46% on a basic level), and 36% believe that there is no freedom of speech (29% mostly non-existent, and 7% entirely not-existent).
The Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundations with Razumkov Center conducted a national survey from May 17 to 22, 2013.
It involved 2,010 respondents aged 18 years and older in all regions of Ukraine, Kyiv and Crimea with a sample of the key socio-demographic indicators representative of the adult population of Ukraine. Sampling error (without design effect) does not exceed 2.3% with a probability of 0.95, UNIAN-Religion reports.