June 14, 2024
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The majority of Ukrainians are in favor of criticizing the government, but see it differently − KMIS

Ukrainians believe that the government should be criticized even during the war, but at the same time 50% are convinced that only constructive criticism is permissible in order not to destabilize the situation in the country, and 31% believe that it is possible to criticize the government harshly and uncompromisingly, because this is the only way to avoid possible errors.”, — write: www.pravda.com.ua

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Ukrainians believe that the government should be criticized even during the war, but at the same time 50% are convinced that only constructive criticism is permissible in order not to destabilize the situation in the country, and 31% believe that it is possible to criticize the government harshly and uncompromisingly, because this is the only way to avoid possible errors.

Source: the results of the survey of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, conducted on May 16-22

Literally sociologists: “The majority of Ukrainians – 63% – believe that criticism of certain actions of the government should be either within constructive frameworks that would not shake the situation in the country (50%), or that criticism should not be allowed at all now (13%). At the same time, a third of Ukrainians ( 31%) believe that criticism should be tough and uncompromising now. The remaining 5% are undecided.”

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Details: KMIS notes that the situation is quite similar in the West, in the Center and in the South, where the majority (62-66%) believe that criticism should be constructive or absent at all.

At the same time, the situation is different in the East – 49% are in favor of more constructive criticism, and 47% insist on harsh, uncompromising criticism.

 infographics of the city council

The most supporters of harsh and uncompromising criticism (62%) are only among those who do not trust President Volodymyr Zelensky at all (22% do not trust the head of state – ed.). But at the same time, even among them, a third (34%) believe that criticism should be at least constructive.

Sociologists also note that among those who tend not to trust the president, the situation changes to the opposite: 59% insist on a constructive framework for criticism (or against it altogether), and 39% support harsh, uncompromising criticism.

Among those who trust Zelensky, 76-77% believe that criticism should be constructive or absent, and 18-20% say harsh, uncompromising criticism.

 infographics of the city council

According to Anton Hrushetskyi, executive director of KMIS, the results of the survey show that Ukrainians mostly take a rather pragmatic and justified position.

“Yes, representatives of the government should not have “immunity” from criticism against the background of a full-scale war. And at the same time, opposition politicians, critical journalists and public activists should not destroy stability and destabilize the situation with their activities,” Grushetskyi explained.

He emphasizes that achieving success in the war is a common cause of the authorities, the public, and ordinary Ukrainians.

“Only by joint actions can we bring Victory closer. Joint actions involve the formation of a common space, if not sincere trust, then at least constructive interaction. The majority of ordinary Ukrainians support constructive cooperation (with elements of healthy criticism and without destructive aggressiveness), so we first of all call on the authorities and journalists / public activities should also be calm, balanced and constructive,” concluded the executive director of the KMIS.

The study lasted from May 16 to 22. 1,002 respondents aged 18 and older, living in all regions of Ukraine, were interviewed by the method of telephone interviews based on a random sample of mobile numbers.

The sample did not include residents of territories that are temporarily not controlled by the authorities of Ukraine (at the same time, 1,002 respondents from February 26 to 24, 2022 lived in the territories that are currently occupied), and the survey was not conducted with citizens who went abroad after February 24, 2022 year

Formally, under normal circumstances, the statistical error of such a sample (with a probability of 0.95 and taking into account the design effect of 1.1) did not exceed 3.4% for indicators close to 50%, 3% for indicators close to 25%, 2, 1% – for indicators close to 10% and 1.5% – for indicators close to 5%.

KMIS notes that under the conditions of war, in addition to the specified formal error, a certain systematic deviation is added, but sociologists believe that the obtained results still retain a high level of representativeness and allow a fairly reliable analysis of the public mood of the population.

Prehistory:

  • 50% of Ukrainians are convinced that President Volodymyr Zelensky has not fulfilled any or a minority of his pre-election promises.
  • It was also reported that the level of trust in President Volodymyr Zelensky gradually decreases from May 2022, but as of May 2024, the majority of respondents trust the head of state.

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