"State of the Ukrainian Army"


On 12-14 September 2011, Gorshenin Institute conducted a telephone survey about the state of the Ukrainian Army.

As many as 1,000 randomly sampled adults, aged 18 years and older, living in all Ukrainian regions, as well as the cities of Kiev and Sevastopol were interviewed. Region, sex and the age of respondents were selected as quotas. The maximum margin of sampling error is +/-3.2 percentage points.

In your opinion, will an increase in funding of the defense sector in 2012 improve the state of the Ukrainian Army?

  • Definitely yes – 3.5%
  • Probably yes – 10.9%
  • Probably not – 45.2%
  • Definitely not – 27.7%
  • No answer – 12.7%

Tell us, please, how much do you trust the Ukrainian Army?

  • Completely trust – 3.9%
  • Rather trust than distrust – 20.3%
  • Rather distrust than trust – 46.2%
  • Completely distrust – 22.5%
  • No answer – 7.1%

In your opinion, if other countries pose a real military threat to Ukraine, will the Ukrainian Army be able to defend it?

  • Definitely yes – 3.6%
  • Probably yes – 19.8%
  • Probably not – 44.9%
  • Definitely not – 23.4%
  • No answer – 8.3%

What kind of army do you think Ukraine should have?

  • Consisting of conscripts only – 7.9%
  • Consisting of private military contractors only – 25.1%
  • Consisting partially of conscripts and partially of private military contractors – 58.7%
  • No answer – 8.3%

Do you condemn those young men who are eligible for draft but avoid conscription?

  • Definitely condemn – 10.3%
  • Probably condemn – 14.4%
  • Probably do not condemn – 41.7%
  • Definitely do not condemn – 26.2%
  • No answer – 7.4%

Why do you think many young people are reluctant to serve in the Army?

(you can select more than one answer)

  • Loss of a year that could be used to pursue an education or for professional advancement – 47.9%
  • Bad health of young people eligible for draft – 33.7%
  • Hazing, bullying by more senior conscripts and officers – 32.7%
  • Effeminacy, fear of difficulties and challenges of army life – 30.7%
  • No sense of duty to serve the Homeland – 29.4%
  • Poor living conditions and nutrition – 27.8%
  • Undermining of the Army’s image by the mass media – 11.5%
  • Dissemination of a pacifist mood in the society – 4.7%
  • Other – 5.6%
  • No answer – 6.2%




Co-organisers: Gorshenin Institute and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Ukraine&Belarus, with support of the National Committee for Industrial Development



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