Ukrainians trust the army, the Church and volunteers, while their trust in the government is plummeting: opinion poll

04 September, 11:16
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Other institutions are more frequently distrusted, which is attested by the data of the July survey of the Razumkov Center.

Most often, Ukrainian citizens express trust in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (65% of respondents trust them), the Church (63%), volunteer organizations (63%), the State Emergency Service (53%), volunteer battalions (53%), the State Border Guard Service (52%), the media of Ukraine (50%), the National Guard of Ukraine (49%), public organizations (47%).

The President of Ukraine is not trusted by 49% of citizens, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine - by 75%, the Government of Ukraine - by 72%, the state administration (officials) - by 78%.

There is a high level of distrust of the judicial system as a whole (77.5%), the Supreme Court (69%), and local courts (67.5%). Prosecutors are not trusted by 73% of respondents, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) – by 71%, Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office – by 70,5%, the Anti-Corruption Court – by 70%, the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) by 70%.

As for the law enforcement agencies, distrust of the police and the Security Service of Ukraine is somewhat less often expressed (although mistrust also prevails over trust). Thus, 58% of respondents do not trust the National Police (trusted by 33%), the Patrol Police (by 54% and 35%, respectively), and the SBU (56% and 31%, respectively).

71% of respondents do not trust political parties, and about 50% do not trust trade unions.

The fact that the leader of distrust is the state administration as such (78% of respondents do not trust it and the officials) indicates a high level of the estrangement between state power entities and society, which leads to a negative assessment by citizens of the activities of the government, except for those structures that ensure the defense of the state and the security of citizens.

There is a tendency that the level of trust in the authorities is decreasing. Thus, while in December 2019 51.5% of respondents expressed distrust of the Cabinet of Ministers, in July 2020 this figure was 72%, distrusting the Verkhovna Rada was 54% and 75%, respectively, and distrusting, the President was 31% and 49%, respectively.

The study was conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center together with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic initiatives Fund from July 3 to 9, 2020 using the method of face-to-face interviews at the respondents' places of residence.

Two thousand twenty-two respondents aged 18 and over were surveyed in all regions of Ukraine, with the exclusion of Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, using a sample that represents the adult population by main socio-demographic indicators. The theoretical sampling error (net of the design effect) does not exceed 2.3% with a probability of 0.95.

Source: Razumkov Center