According to the research conducted by the Sociological group "Rating" at the end of May 2011, 41% of respondents feel that after presidential elections the curtailing of freedom of speech is taking place in Ukraine.
43% of respondents do not feel the curtailing of freedom of speech, 17% - have not decided on the issue.
Residents of the West (61%), of the Centre (47%), of the North (40%) and of Donbas (37%) are the most worried about the curtailment of freedom of speech in the country.
Mostly they are middle-aged people, with relatively high levels of education and income.
Men feel the problem more acutely than women.
According to political sympathies, they are primarily supporters of Freedom, Civil Position, and Batkivshchyna; two thirds of them feel the curtailing of freedom of speech. Somewhat fewer of them (more than 50%) are supporters of the Front for Change and Our Ukraine.
However, only 14% of supporters of the Party of Regions experience negative tendencies concerning freedom of speech. It is noteworthy that among other supporters of governing parties - the People's Party, the Communist Party and Strong Ukraine – there are twice as many people who experience negative tendencies.
Thus, according to recent citizens’ evaluations, the situation with freedom of speech in Ukraine has stabilized in recent months.
Thus, in May 2011, the rate was fixed at the same level as in September 2010 (41%), and it has slightly decreased as compared to January 2011 (46%). However, when compared with April 2010, the situation remains dangerous: if a year ago, after presidential elections, the curtailing of freedom of speech in the country was only felt by 19% of respondents, in May 2011 this index has increased by more than a half (41%).
Since September last year, the feeling of the curtailing of freedom of speech has increased only in Donbas, and remained practically at the same level in the South, in the West and in the Center; it decreased in the East and in the North.
The target audience of the research: the population of Ukraine aged from 18 and older. Optional quantity: 2000 respondents. The methods of investigation: personal formalized interview according to the questionnaire (face to face). Measure of inaccuracy for the values close to 50% is less than 2,2%, for the values close to 30% – less than 2%, for the values close to 10% – less than 1,3.
The period of completion: 26 of May - 2 of June 2011
The oblast’ distribution:
West: Volyns’ka, Transcarpathia, Ivano–Frankivs’ka, L’vivs’ka, Rivnens’ka, Ternopil’s’ka, Chernivets’ka.
Centre: Vinnyts’ka, Kirovograds’ka, Poltavs’ka, Khmel’nyts’ka, Cherkas’ka.
North: Kyiv, Kyivs’ka, Zhytomyrs’ka, Sums’ka, Chernihivs’ka.
South: AR Crimea, Odes’ka, Khersons’ka, Mykolaivs’ka, Sevastopol
East: Dnipropetrovs’ka, Zaporiz’ka, Kharkivs’ka.
Donbass: Donets’ka, Luhans’ka.