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Poll: Fewer Ukrainians think country is moving 'in the right direction' than in early 2023

by Dinara Khalilova February 7, 2024 6:55 PM 3 min read
Activists hold placards during a rally to demand increased financial support for the Armed Forces of Ukraine outside the Kyiv City State Administration building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Dec. 14, 2023. The placards seen in the photo say, "This money will save people's lives" (left) and "We have two enemies — corruption and the Russians." (Ukrinform/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The share of Ukrainians who believe that "events in the country are developing in the right direction" has gradually decreased after reaching the peak in February-March 2023, according to a survey by the Razumkov Center published on Feb. 7.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has recently said he was planning a large-scale reset of Ukraine's leadership amid rumors of the potential dismissal of Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, which most Ukrainians reportedly oppose.

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At the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainians became significantly more satisfied with the direction in which Ukraine was moving compared to 2021, according to the Razumkov Center. The figure reached its peak of 61% in early 2023 but has been dropping since then.

The latest survey conducted on Jan. 19-25 showed that 41% of Ukrainians think the country is "moving in the right direction," and a slightly smaller figure of 38% believes the opposite, the center wrote in a press release.

Most respondents said the situation has worsened compared to the beginning of 2023 in terms of prices and tariffs (86%), the state of the economy (68%), stability (64.5%), confidence in tomorrow (63.5%), the well-being of their families (58%), and the attitude of citizens towards the authorities (53%).

Around half of polled Ukrainians believe that the situation has not changed over the past year in the areas of pension provision (55%), health care (52%), and freedom of speech (51%).

According to respondents, positive changes mostly relate to the country's defense capability (51%) and its international reputation (50.5%).

As for overcoming existing problems and challenges, 33% of Ukrainians believe it would be possible to do so within the next few years, 42% said it would take longer, and 9% don't believe it's possible at all, the survey results showed.

The Razumkov Center said it surveyed 2,000 Ukrainian adults from all regions except for the Russian-occupied territories and front-line settlements.

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