"Viktor Yanukovych: the first year in office"

24.02.2011

On 14-28 February 2011, Gorshenin Institute conducted an all-Ukrainian telephone survey on the topic «Viktor Yanukovych: the first year in office».

As many as 2,000 randomly sampled adults, aged 18 years and older, living in Ukraine’s regional centers, cities, towns and villages, including Kiev and Sevastopol, were interviewed. Gender, age, and the type of a respondent’s residence were used as quotas. The maximum margin of sampling error is +/-2.2 percentage points.

1. Would you say that the state of the nation's economy got better or worse over the past year?

  • Definitely better – 3.3%
  • Somewhat better – 8.5%
  • Somewhat worse – 18.8%
  • Definitely worse – 59.3%
  • No opinion – 10.1%

2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Viktor Yanukovych has been handling his job as president during his first year in office?

  • Strongly approve – 12.9%
  • Somewhat approve – 22.6%
  • Somewhat disapprove – 18.1%
  • Strongly disapprove – 32.7%
  • No opinion – 13.7%

3. How has your attitude toward Viktor Yanukovych changed during his first year in office?

  • Definitely for better – 10.0%
  • Somewhat for better – 16.1%
  • Somewhat for worse – 17.3%
  • Definitely for worse – 28.8%
  • No opinion – 27.8%

4. Thinking about the Ukrainian government headed by Mykola Azarov, do you approve or disapprove of its performance over the past year?

  • Strongly approve – 10.8%
  • Somewhat approve – 16.1%
  • Somewhat disapprove – 16.4%
  • Strongly disapprove – 42.9%
  • No opinion – 13.8%

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Viktor Yanukovych has been handling foreign relations?

  • Strongly approve – 25.5%
  • Somewhat approve – 25.1%
  • Somewhat disapprove – 11.3%
  • Strongly disapprove – 19.2%
  • No opinion – 18.9%

6. How have the relations between Ukraine and Russia changed over the past year?

  • Definitely improved – 29.9%
  • Somewhat improved – 34.1%
  • Somewhat deteriorated – 11.6%
  • Definitely deteriorated – 4.5%
  • No opinion – 19.9%
  • How have the relations between Ukraine and the European Union changed over the past year?
  • Definitely improved – 9.7%
  • Somewhat improved – 23.0%
  • Somewhat deteriorated – 18.0%
  • Definitely deteriorated – 10.1%
  • No opinion – 39.2%

7. In your opinion, who represents opposition forces in Ukraine at present?

(several options can be chosen)

  • Yuliya Tymoshenko – 41.0%
  • Arseniy Yatsenyuk – 16.0%
  • Anatoliy Hrytsenko – 6.2%
  • Oleh Tyahnybok – 4.3%
  • Serhiy Tyhypko – 2.7%
  • Mykola Katerynchuk – 2.7%
  • Yuriy Lutsenko – 2.0%
  • Viktor Yushchenko – 1.4%
  • Volodymyr Lytvyn – 1.0%
  • Valentyn Nalyvaychenko – 0.5%
  • Other candidate – 0.7%
  • No opposition exists in Ukraine – 14.4%
  • No opinion – 26.6%

8. In your opinion, what do the arrests and questioning of the Ukrainian opposition signify?

  • Political repression – 39.6%
  • Fight against corruption – 30.9%
  • Other – 9.3%
  • No opinion – 20.2%

9. If a presidential election were held next Sunday, who would you vote for?

  • Viktor Yanukovych – 25.8%
  • Yuliya Tymoshenko – 14.8%
  • Arseniy Yatsenyuk – 12.2%
  • Serhiy Tyhypko – 7.8%
  • Petro Symonenko – 2.9%
  • Oleh Tyahnybok – 2.4%
  • Anatoliy Hrytsenko – 2.1%
  • Viktor Yushchenko – 0.6%
  • Volodymyr Lytvyn – 0.5%
  • Other candidate – 1.1%
  • Vote against all – 7.6%
  • Would not vote – 5.6%
  • No opinion – 16.6%

10. If a parliamentary election were held next Sunday, what party would you vote for?

  • The Party of Regions (M. Azarov) – 24.3%
  • The Fatherland party (Y. Tymoshenko) – 14.2%
  • The Front for Change party (A. Yatsenyuk) – 9.7%
  • The Communist Party of Ukraine (P. Symonenko) – 5.7%
  • The Strong Ukraine party (S.Tyhypko) – 4.7%
  • The All-Ukrainian Freedom Union (О. Tyahnubok) – 3.6%
  • The Our Ukraine party (V, Yushchenko) – 1.3%
  • The Civil Position party (А. Hrytsenko) – 0.6%
  • The People's Party (V. Lytvyn) – 0.4%
  • Other party – 1.5%
  • Would vote against all – 9.8%
  • Would not vote – 6.4%
  • No opinion – 17.8%

11. How would you describe the financial situation of your family?

  • Barely making ends meet, sometimes not having enough money for food – 32.0%
  • Having enough money for food although not enough for clothes or shoes – 31.7%
  • Overall, having enough money but not enough for large purchases (e.g., furniture, refrigerator, etc.) – 26.4%
  • No financial difficulties, except for when making especially large purchases (property, expensive cars, etc.) – 6.0%
  • Having enough money for everything – 1.7%
  • Refused to answer – 2.2%

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