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(05/29/07) -

Ukrainians Worry About Low Quality of Life

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A majority of people in Ukraine believe their government should focus on increasing their quality of life, according to a poll by the Kiev Gorshenin Institute of Management Issues. 61.9 per cent of respondents think raising living standards should be a high priority for the current administration.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A majority of people in Ukraine believe their government should focus on increasing their quality of life, according to a poll by the Kiev Gorshenin Institute of Management Issues. 61.9 per cent of respondents think raising living standards should be a high priority for the current administration.

Ukrainian voters renewed the Supreme Council in March 2006. The Party of Regions (PR) won 186 seats in the legislative branch, followed by the Yulia Tymoshenko bloc with 129, Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko’s People’s Union-Our Ukraine (NS-NU) with 81, the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) with 33, and the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) with 21 mandates.

In July, the “anti-crisis” coalition—which includes the PR, the SPU and the KPU—was formally announced. In August, PR leader Viktor Yanukovych was confirmed as prime minister, while Yushchenko remained as president.

On Apr. 2, Yushchenko dissolved the Supreme Council and called an election for May 27, which was later re-scheduled for Jun. 24.

On May 27, Yushchenko and Yanukovych agreed to hold the election on Sept. 30, after an eight-hour meeting. The president declared: “We have great news for this holy day. Now we can say that the political crisis in Ukraine is over.”

Polling Data

What problems should be of a high priority for the government?
(Several answers allowed)

Raising of life standards

61.9%

Health care

52.8%

Unemployment

51.1%

Social protection of retired people and those of a low income

45.2%

Environment, ecology

26.3%

Education, science, arts

23.2%

Infrastructure (transport, roads)

17.3%

Democracy preservation

14.2%

Emigration policy

5.1%

Other

0.3%

Hard to answer

3.6%

Source: Kiev Gorshenin Institute of Management Issues
Methodology: Interviews with 2,006 Ukrainian adults, conducted from Apr. 16 to Apr. 30, 2007. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.