Public attitudes towards state reforms

May 2024
Survey of public attitudes towards state reforms for the CMU

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Level of knowledge about reforms

🟣 According to the research results, respondents believe that the President and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are responsible for implementing reforms in Ukraine (44-45%), although one third of respondents still perceive reforms as a collective responsibility, involving both governmental bodies and the public.

🟣 According to the vast majority of respondents, the reforms should be driven by the public (53%), although the authorities (the President (40%), the Government (30%) and the Verkhovna Rada (26%)) should also be involved.

🟣 The results of the research indicate a low level of awareness of the reform process in the country - one third (35%) of respondents are aware of the reforms. At the same time, young people (44-48%) are more inclined to express confidence in the reforms in Ukraine compared to respondents aged 45 and older (25-30%).

🟣 In addition to the low level of awareness of the reform process in Ukraine, the perception of the reform process is quite ambiguous: the word "reforms" itself evokes positive associations in 41% of respondents, while for a third (30%) of respondents it has a negative connotation.

🟣 The vast majority of respondents (57%) do not see the possibility of implementing global, multi-level reforms during the war. According to 24% of respondents, the reforms already implemented by the government have positive effects.

Communicative activities of the Government of Ukraine

🟣 For those respondents who noticed government communication on reforms during the past year, the main sources of such communication were news from Telegram channels (43%), television (41%), social networks (37%), and online media (35%). The least effective communication channels were radio and print media (9% and 8%, respectively).

🟣 The research results show that more than a third of respondents would prefer to learn about reforms through video materials with illustrative examples (34%) or news reports (31%).

General opinion on the political, economic and social agenda

🟣 The most pressing problems for Ukrainians today include the threat to life and health due to hostilities or missile attacks (55%), loss of income sources (43%), separation from family members (36%), and loss of job/business or inability to find a job (33%).

🟣 According to the respondents, the most pressing problems at the state/society level include rising prices (74%), lack of solutions to people's real needs by the authorities (57%), violation of human rights and freedoms (45%), media bias, spread of false information and propaganda (39%), and lack of access to quality/proper medical care or treatment (30%).

🟣 The vast majority of respondents use Ukrainian in everyday life (74%): the absolute majority of respondents in the Western region (95%) and Northern region (83%), as well as the vast majority of respondents in the Central region (77%), Kyiv (65%) and Southern region (55%). Respondents in the Eastern region indicate that: 49% speak Russian and 48% - Ukrainian.

🟣 Regarding the respondents' opinions about the future of Ukraine, there are both positive and negative sentiments: among the "positive" feelings, respondents noted hope (50%), optimism (21%), and pride (19%), while among the "negative" - anxiety (44%), fear (23%), and hopelessness (15%).

🟣 The research results show that almost half of the respondents (42%) feel they can influence the government, especially younger respondents (18-24 years old, 58%).

Trust in information sources

🟣 Regarding the sources of information about government activities, the most trusted are the official websites of the Cabinet of Ministers and ministries (27%), information from news Telegram channels (26%) and online media (25%). However, 15% of respondents indicated that they did not trust any of the sources.

Level of awareness of and support for government projects in selected areas

🟣 Among the reforms that respondents believe are currently being implemented, the most frequently mentioned were digitalisation (44%), reforms that promote Ukraine's European integration (37%), and reform of the army and its provision (34%). In addition to the above, respondents are aware of reforms to fight against corruption (25%), restore and develop energy sector (24%), and rebuild the country (23%). The least recognisable reforms were those aimed at supporting veterans as well as supporting and developing entrepreneurship (9% each).

🟣 About half (46%) of respondents who are aware of the government's current reforms implementation reported significant results of digitalisation, another 20% see the effects of army reform and European integration. The least noticeable achievements are in working with veterans (3%) and the development of entrepreneurship (4%).

🟣 According to respondents, the government's most priority areas of activity should be combating corruption (72%), strengthening defence capabilities (59%) and rebuilding the country (44%). These reforms are the ones that arouse the greatest interest: reforms aimed at combating corruption (55%), reforming the army (43%) and rebuilding the country (41%).

🟣 According to the respondents, the Government should support small (68%) and medium-sized businesses (52%) in its activities.

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