IRI today released its third in a series of national polls of Ukrainian public opinion (PDF). The poll, conducted May 11 – June 2, 2012, is a comprehensive analysis of attitudes regarding the current Ukrainian economic, social and political landscape.
Among the findings in the poll, 14 percent of Ukrainians believe that the country is moving in the right direction, almost the same as in IRI’s last national poll conducted in March 2012. However, since March, the number of people who believe the country is moving in the wrong direction decreased from 73 percent to 66 percent. The two most important issues facing Ukrainians are: unemployment and corruption within state bodies. Only 19 percent of Ukrainians believe that the upcoming October 2012 parliamentary elections will be free and fair. This number has not changed significantly from IRI November 2011 poll or the IRI March 2012 poll.
Data collected for IRI surveys is used to gauge public opinion and to assist IRI’s political party partners with building platforms based on the issues most important to the Ukrainian people. The randomly collected sample of 1,200 men and women of voting age was collected nationwide. The study was analyzed by Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization. The survey was fielded by the Rating Group Ukraine under the supervision of IRI. The margin of error for the national sample does not exceed plus or minus 2.8 percent with a response rate of 48 percent.