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Общественно-политические настроения: Никополь

Socio-political moods: Nikopol

Date posted: 27.09.2017 Print Full version

 • According to the survey conducted by the Sociological Group "Rating" in September 2017, 55% of the residents of Nikopol consider that over the last two years the situation in the city has somewhat or significantly worsened. Other 28% believe that it has remained at the same level, and only 11% say it is improving. Younger people (18-35 years old) are less pessimistic about the things in the city than the elderly. More than two-thirds of the electorate of the Opposition Bloc and party "For Life" claim that the situation has worsened. The most optimistic are those who support the BPP "Solidarnist" – one-third of them speak about the improvement, other 40% -about stability.

Almost two-thirds of the respondents believe that things in the city are going in the wrong direction, 12% state the opposite, 29% were unable to assess the situation. Again, younger respondents are somewhat more optimistic about the things in the city. Referring the electoral cut, the voters of the parties "For Life" and the Opposition Bloc (more than 70%) tend to give the worst rates to the things in the city, the supporters of BPP "Solidarnist" - the best rates (44% of them speak about the right direction of the city’s development).
 
70% of the polled said that the economic situation of their households has worsened over the last year (47% said that the situation has worsened considerably). 23% said their economic situation has not changed, and only 4% mentioned the improvement. Regardless of the categories, more than a half of the polled in any category report a deterioration of the financial situation over the last year.
 
At the same time, 39% of the respondents show optimistic expectations about the future of Nikopol, 43% are rather or completely pessimistic, and 18% were not able to assess the future prospects of the city. Young people are more optimistic about the future of the city than the older generation. Also, optimists considerably prevail among the voters of the BPP Solidarnist, Vidrodzhennia, and Batkivshchyna. Instead, pessimistic moods prevail among the supporters of the party "For Life" and Opposition Bloc.
 
Among the utilities and communal services, the respondents gave the best rates to the quality of gas supply (34% - excellent or good, 43% - average) and electricity (34% - excellent or good, 42% - average). Every fifth (21-23%) of the respondents stated poor or terrible quality of these services.
 
Water supply was rated as excellent or good by 26% of the respondents, as average - 35%. In contrast, 37% stated poor water supply quality - this is the worst rate among all the evaluated services.
 
Heating was rated as excellent or good by 16%, as average – by 25%, poor or terrible - 30%. Yet, the same number was not able to evaluate this service at all.
 
At the same time, almost 90% of the respondents described the cost of utilities such as gas, electricity, and water supply as very or rather expensive. Heating was estimated as an expensive service by almost 70%. At the same time, 29% were not able to estimate the cost of heating (most likely given that this service was not provided during the investigated period).
 
Among the other spheres and services, the residents of Nikopol give the best rates to the schools and kindergartens (18% - good and excellent, 53% - average, 16% - poor, 14% - unable to assess), street markets and trade premises (16% - good and excellent, 52% - average, 30% - poor), universities, technical institutes, and colleges (15% - good and excellent, 52% - average, 17% - poor, 16% - unable to assess).
 
The activities of cultural premises and libraries are rated as good by 12%, average - 41%, poor - 25%, unable to estimate - 22%. The quality of stadiums and sports facilities is estimated as good by 11%, average - 37-38%, poor - 38-40%, unable to estimate - 11-15%. Street lighting was rated as good by 10%, average - 39%, poor - 51%. Monuments: good - 10%, average - 49%, poor - 29%, unable to estimate - 12%. Industrial zones: good - 8%, average - 41%, poor - 34%, unable to estimate - 18%.
 
The residents of Nikopol are rather dissatisfied than satisfied with such services as parks and gardens, bridges, medical institutions, roads, and sidewalks. Thus, nearly two-thirds of the polled rated as poor or terrible the quality of the parks, gardens, and medical institutions. A half gave poor rates to the quality of the bridges. More than 80% are not satisfied with the roads and sidewalks.
 
Most often, the residents of the city answering the question "If Nikopol could improve anything you choose, what would it be?" name the road repair (36%). 10% named the urban renewal, 6% - the quality of medical services. The alternative power plants, street lighting, parks’ improvement, water quality, workplaces creation, and playgrounds were named by 3-4% each. 2% were in favor of lowering tariffs and better transport connections. The improvement of city greening, fighting crime, leisure for youth, houses repair, swimming pool construction, control over the price growth, housing and communal institutions activities, social security, gas supply, sports grounds, sewerage, affordability of housing were named by 1% each.
 
Among the most important projects to improve the infrastructure of the city, 48% of the respondents chose road repair. 11% named the improvement of areas near houses, 5-6% each – improvement of the street lighting and parks, construction of new stadiums and sports sites. Only 1% voted for the development of libraries and museums.
 
If the elections to Verkhovna Rada were held in the nearest future, 54% of the polled Nikopol residents would participate in them (26% would definitely vote, 28% would rather vote). 38% stated that they would not participate in the elections, other 8% - have not answered this question. The Opposition Bloc is the leader of the electoral preferences among those who have expressed their intention to come to the polls (17.5%). Batkivshchyna would be supported by 13.6%, "For Life" – by 9.4%, BPP Solidarnist - 8.5%, UKROP - 6.6%, Vidrodzhennia - 6.3%, Radical Party - 4.4%, Svoboda - 3.1%. The rating of other parties is below 3%. Almost one-fifth has not decided on the choice.
 
Among the various institutions, the highest trust is shown for the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant - 66% of the polled trust this organization, 17% do not trust. 50% of the respondents trust the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (KP), do not trust - 29%; 49% trust the neighborhood associations (OSBB, OSN, cooperatives, etc.), 25% do not trust; 46% trust NGOs, 30% do not trust, Cossacks organizations - 43% and 29% respectively, DTEK corporation - 42% and 38%.
 
34% trust the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP), 48% do not trust; 27% trust the local police; 48% do not trust; 22% trust the city council of Nikopol, 68% do not trust; 21% trust the executive committee of the city council; 68% do not trust; 18% trust the local courts, 64% do not trust; 16% trust the local prosecutors office, 63% do not trust.
 
Among the NGOs, the best rated by the residents of the city were the activities of the veterans (42%) and youth associations (41%). The activities of the environmental organizations was positively evaluated by 37%, negatively - 25%; women's associations positively rated - 33%, negatively - 30%; trade unions - 30% and 35% respectively; anti-corruption organizations - 19% and 34%; Plast organization - 17% and 12%. It should be noted that more than 40% of the polled (and in case of Plast 70%) were not able to assess the activities of the listed organizations at all.
 
56% are more likely to be positive towards foreign investors, 26% - neutral, 7% - negative, 12% were not able to estimate their attitude. Young and wealthy people are more positive towards businessmen from abroad than older generation and those with lower income. It should be noted that every fifth supporter of the parties Vidrodzhennia and Opposition Bloc expresses a negative attitude towards foreign investors.
 
More than a half of the respondents are positive towards the investors from Canada and Germany; positive towards the investors from the USA, France and Japan are 42-45% each, China and South Korea - 32-33%, Russia - only 13%.
 
76% of the polled are positive towards renewable ("green") energy (wind, solar, hydroelectric power plants, biomass power plants, etc.).
 
Among the government initiatives in the field of medical reform, the best supported by the respondents are the introduction of strict control over the public funds used to build the diagnostic complex Okhmatdit (81%), the introduction of a system when patients with prescriptions from physicians receive free or almost free medicines from diabetes 2 type, bronchial asthma, and cardiovascular diseases (73%), the introduction of nationwide health insurance for all citizens using available budget funds (71%), the creation of Public health centers in each oblast, primarily aimed at preventing diseases and epidemics and promoting healthy lifestyles (66%), the introduction of reference pricing on medicines to ensure fairness and adequacy of retail prices in accordance with the agreements between the Ministry of Health and pharmaceutical companies (60%), the introduction of standardized protocols based on evidence-based medicine (58%).
 
Increase of the doctors’ salaries by at least 30% due to the introduction of a contract mechanism between the patient and the doctor is supported by 57%; the contracts between patients and doctors to guarantee free medical treatment at the primary link - 50%; the provision of medical services subsidies to internally displaced persons from Donbas and Crimea - 42%; the establishment of hospital districts with one multidisciplinary hospital in each oblast and 4-5 intensive care hospitals of the second level (one in each of the hospital districts) - 35% (at the same time, 40% of the respondents do not support the latter initiative).
 
In general, 55% of the polled support the main elements of medical reform and their adoption into the bills in the Verkhovna Rada; 21% - oppose it, 24% were not able answer.
 
Only 14% of the respondents stated that they have had to pay a bribe for certain government services or documents over the last 12 months. 38% said they have not had such an experience over the last year, 44% have not visited the state authorities at all, 4% have not answered this question. The greatest number of those who have experienced paying bribes was recorded among younger people and those with higher income.
 
A half of the polled believes that the level of corruption within the local authorities of Nikopol has not changed over the last two years. 23% stated it’s worsening, only 1% mentioned the improvement in this area.
 
11% of the polled said that they have had ever been victims of a criminal crime, 80% have not had such an experience, 9% have not answered this question. The greatest number of those who encountered a crime was recorded among men (16%), persons under 50 years old (14%), and those with higher income (19%).
 
 
Audience: residents of Ukraine aged 18 and older. The sample is representative by age, sex, region, and settlement type. Total sample: 1000 respondents. Personal formalized interview (face-to-face). The margin of error does not exceed 3.1%. Period of the survey: 1-12 September 2017

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