“Increase in gas prices for households”

19.07.2010

On July 17th through July 18th, 2010, Gorshenin Institute has conducted a phone survey “Increase in gas prices for households”.

A total of 1000 respondents age 18 or older representing all 25 regional centers, Kiev and Sebastopol, were selected at random following a systematic procedure aimed at filling sex, age and community quotas. The margin of error is no higher then +/-3.2%.

Do you know that gas prices for Ukrainian households will increase by 50% starting August 1st, 2010?

  • Yes – 85.4%
  • No – 11.7%
  • Don't have an answer – 2.9%

Whom do you think this increase will hurt most of all?

  • The wealthiest - 2.7%
  • Middle class – 12.6%
  • The poorest – 77.2%
  • Don't have an answer – 7.5%

What impact will this increase have on material well-being of your family?

  • It will hurt significantly – 72.1%
  • It will hurt somewhat badly – 13.1%
  • Not much – 9.8%
  • Almost will not hurt – 2.3%
  • Don't have an answer – 2.7%

How do you pay your utilities and communal services bills today?

  • In full – 7.5%
  • Partially (pay part of the total amount for the services) – 14.2%
  • Don't pay my bills at all – 2.9%
  • Don't have an answer – 7,4%

The Ministry of Communal Services foresees the increase in hot water and heating prices by 20-25%. What percentage of the total amount of your bills are you going to pay in that case?

  • Pay in full – 41.2%
  • In part – 30.1%
  • I am not going to pay my bills at all – 6.9%
  • Don't have an answer – 21.8%

In your opinion will benefits and/or subsidies help protect low income families from negative consequences of increase in gas prices?

  • Definitely yes – 1.8%
  • Most likely yea – 5.1%
  • Most likely no – 17.3%
  • Definitely no – 59.2%
  • Don't have an answer – 16.6%

Who do you think is responsible for increase in gas prices for households?

(multiple choice is permissible)

  • The President – 35.8%
  • The Cabinet of Ministers – 33.2%
  • Verkhovna Rada – 19.2%
  • International Monetary Fund – 9.7%
  • Opposition – 8.2%
  • Russia – 3.1%
  • Regional and municipal state gas distributing companies ("Oblgaz" and "Gorgaz") – 2.3%
  • Businessmen – 2.2%
  • Other – 2.8%
  • Don't have an answer – 14.1%

In your opinion why did the Ukrainian Government increase gas prices for households?

(multiple choice is permissible)

  • To help certain politicians and businessmen get wealthier – 36.7%
  • To fix budget deficit – 35.8%
  • To renew cooperation with the IMF (get a credit from the IMF) – 29.5%
  • To increase profits for gas producers – 21.4%
  • To bring tariffs in Ukraine in accordance with the market prices (economically justified) – 11.2%
  • To fix and modernize and Ukrainian gas pipeline system - 2.4%
  • Other – 1.5%
  • Don't have an answer – 10.2%

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