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Kropyvnytskyi: socio-political moods

Date posted: 30.06.2020 Print Full version

•    Results of the survey carried out by the Sociological Group Rating on June 1-14, 2020 among the residents of Kropyvnytskyi, revealed that the state of local things is assessed much better as compared to the overall situation in the region or country. Thus, only 22% believe the country is heading in the right direction, 63% share the opposing opinion. 29% think the oblast is heading in the right direction, 50% - in the wrong direction. On the other hand, 43% of the city residents believe the things are heading in the right direction in the city, the same number shares the opposing opinion.

•    Among the local politicians, the best attitude was recorded towards A.Raykovych (49% - positive, 23% - neutral, and 19% - negative). 36% reveal positive attitude towards S.Larin; 18% are negative towards him, 25% reveal neutral attitude, and 21% do not know him. 17% are positive towards S.Kuzmenko, 8% - negative, 24% - neutral, and 51% do not know him. 13% reveal positive attitude towards O.Chornoivanenko, 10% - negative, 21% - neutral, and 58% do not know him. 11% are positive towards A.Nikolayenko, 13% - negative, 18% - neutral, and 59% do not know him. 6% are positive towards A.Balon, 6% - negative, 18% - neutral, and 70% do not know him.

•    42% positively assess the activities of President Zelensky. 46% - negatively. 16% are satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister D.Shmygal, 47% are dissatisfied, 37% could not answer on the matter. Only 14% are satisfied with the activities of the Verkhovna Rada, 65% are dissatisfied. About one-third of respondents could not assess the performance of the Kirovohrad Oblast State Administration and Oblast council. 32-33% are satisfied with the activities of these institutions, 36-38% are dissatisfied.

•    The military conflict in the East of the country (52%) and unemployment (44%) head the ranking of the national level problems among the city residents. One-third of the citizens are concerned with low salaries and pensions, low quality of healthcare, bribery and corruption within state bodies. Growth of tariffs, poor social protection, and crime were mentioned as national problems by 12% to 14% of respondents.

•    On the other hand, the rating of personal problems is led by low salaries and pensions (40%). Growth of tariffs, low healthcare quality, and military conflict in the East are considered to be personal level problems by one-third of respondents. Lack of job places, bribery and corruption within state bodies as well as growth of prices for basic goods are of personal concern to about 20% of respondents.

•    55% of respondents are satisfied with the performance of the mayor, 30% are dissatisfied with it. 38% are satisfied with the City Council’s activities, dissatisfied - 41%. 61% of respondents are satisfied with the city's public transport, 29% are dissatisfied; 38% are satisfied with the activities of educational institutions, 37% - dissatisfied (26% could not assess this area). 32% are satisfied with the performance of the police, 49% - dissatisfied, 26% are satisfied with the communal enterprises (housing and communal services, city improvement, lighting, etc.), 65% - dissatisfied; 19% are satisfied with medical institutions, while 73% are dissatisfied.

•    51% of the polled believe that during the current mayor’s term the situation in the city has generally improved. Only 7% saw deterioration. 34% believe that it has hardly changed. 53% of respondents believe the mayor effectively responds to the threat of coronavirus in the city. 19% share the opposing opinion. About 40% of respondents mentioned the effective response to the pandemic by city medical institutions and law enforcement agencies.

•    The cost of utilities (44%) and drug and alcohol abuse (39%) head the list of problems citizens are concerned about the most. One-third of respondents are worried about homeless animals on the streets and corruption in the local authorities, a quarter - because of the poor condition of city roads and garbage collection and recycling.

•    Quality of public transport (43%), roads (34%), and street lighting (24%) are those areas that, according to respondents, are associated with the greatest success of the current mayor. 18% name parks and squares renovation among success areas, 14% - renovation of sidewalks and areas near buildings, 12% - resolving traffic jams problem.

•    According to respondents, improving the performance of medical institutions (42%) and jobs creation (34%) should become priorities for the municipal authorities. A quarter of respondents expect the municipality to improve the quality of roads, housing and communal services, performance of educational institutions, fight against corruption, and better social protection for the poor.

•    Among the mayoral candidates, the leader in the ranking is Andriy Raykovych - 38.7% of those who have decided and intend to vote in the elections are ready to support him. 18.8% could support A.Stryzhakov, 12.0% - A.Larin, 5.2% - O.Tsertiya, 4.1% - O.Horbunov. The rating of other candidates is less than 3%. 14-15% have not decided on the matter.

•    Modeling of the second round of mayoral elections revealed that in case A.Raykovych and any of the other potential candidates ran for office, the current mayor would win. Within a pair with A.Stryzhakov - with the result 45% against 30%; with O.Horbunov - 52% against 14%. At the same time, it should be taken into account that a quarter to one-third of respondents have not yet decided on their choice or do not intend to vote upon these combinations of the mayoral elections second round.

•    Assessment of the different candidates’ chances showed that 53% of respondents could support the current mayor at the elections. 37% of respondents could support a self-nominated candidate; 36% would not. The candidate nominated by the local party could be supported by 35%, would not be supported by 37%; the candidate nominated by “Sluha Narodu” party could be supported by 31%, would not be supported by 52% of respondents.

Audience: residents of Kropyvnytskyi aged 18 and older. The sample is representative in terms of age and gender. Total sample: 747 respondents. Personal formalized interview (face-to-face). The margin of error does not exceed 3.6%. Period of the survey: 1-14 June, 2020.

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