“The state of Ukraine’s environment”


On 12-14 December 2011, the Gorshenin Institute carried out a telephone survey about the state of Ukraine’s environment.

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. The region, sex and the age of respondents were selected as samples. The maximum margin of sampling error is +/-3.2 percentage points.

In your opinion, what kind of ecological situation do you have in your town or city?

  • Definitely good – 5.8%
  • Probably good – 25.1%
  • Probably bad – 50.1%
  • Definitely bad – 16.2%
  • No answer – 2.8%

Are you concerned about the state of environment in your city or its surroundings?

  • Definitely concerned – 21.2%
  • Probably concerned – 56.9%
  • Probably not concerned – 11.2%
  • Definitely not concerned – 8.5%
  • No answer – 2.2%

What ecological problems in your city are you mostly concerned about?

(you can select several options)

  • Air pollution – 50.4%
  • River and sea pollution – 45.6%
  • Low quality of potable water – 38.2%
  • Landfills and garbage on the streets – 32.1%
  • The destruction or absence of forests and trees – 24.9%
  • A high radiation level – 15.6%
  • Acid precipitation – 10.7%
  • Changes in the flora and fauna (the extinction of certain species of birds, fish, animals, plants and insects; the emergence of mutations) – 9.8%
  • Other – 3.5%
  • No answer – 1.8%

Do you think that it makes sense to store radioactive waste from other countries in Ukraine (for example, on the territory of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant) if the state budget receives substantial funds for doing so?

  • Definitely yes – 3.2%
  • Probably yes – 7.1%
  • Probably no – 30.3%
  • Definitely no – 49.1%
  • No answer – 10.3%

Are you afraid of a large-scale man-made disaster in Ukraine in the foreseeable future?

  • Definitely yes – 13.4%
  • Probably yes – 24.8%
  • Probably no – 34.3%
  • Definitely no – 10.9%
  • No answer – 16.6%




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



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