Public Opinion In Ukraine 1997

Publication Date: 
30 Nov 1997

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As part of its ongoing program in Ukraine, the International Foundation for Election Systems commissioned Gary Ferguson and SOCIS-Gallup to conduct a national survey of the Ukrainian electorate. In all, 1,484 personal interviews with adults age 18 and older were conducted from July 6 - 13. 1997.

The total sample includes a national representative sample of 1,200 interviews and proportional oversamples of 40 interviews in Kyiv (for a total of N=100) and 244 interviews on the Crimean Peninsula (for a total N=300). The sample was weighted and is representative of the population by age, sex, ethnicity, and region.

All surveys are subject to errors caused by interviewing a sample of persons rather than the entire population. The margin of error for a sample of 1,200 persons is +/- 2.9 percentage points at 95 percent confidence.

The project director and principal analyst for this study was Gary A. Ferguson, vice president of American Viewpoint, Inc. Interviewing was conducted by SOCIS-Gallup, Kyiv, under the direction of Svetlana Pototska. The questionnaire design was a joint effort of the project directors and IFES staff, including Vadim Rubin, Chris Siddall and Michael Conway, IFES Project Director in Ukraine. Additional analysis was provided by Michael Conway.

This is the fourth in a series of surveys of the national Ukrainian electorate. The first was fielded in December 1994, the second in January 1996, and the third in May 1996.

This survey report

·         provides a description of the political environment in Ukraine;

·         examines views toward economic and political reforms;

·         measures attitudes toward government officials;

·         assesses the outlook for political participation and volunteerism;

·         gauges the viability of political parties; and

·         outlines the need for broad-based public information in Ukraine.

This publication was made possible through support provided by the Office of Democracy and Governance Bureau for Europe and the New Independent States. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of Cooperative Agreement No. 4081. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or IFES.


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