Public Opinion In Ukraine 1998

Publication Date: 
30 Sep 1998

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As part of its ongoing program in Ukraine, the International Foundation for Election Systems commissioned Gary A Ferguson and SOCIS-Gallup, Kyiv, to conduct a national survey of the Ukrainian electorate. In all, 1,484 interviews with adults age 18 and older were conducted from May 29 - June 8, 1998.

The total sample includes a national representative sample of 1,200 interviews and proportional oversamples of 40 interviews in Kyiv (for total interviews of N= 100), and 244 interviews on the Crimean Peninsula (for a total of 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 survey was Gary A Ferguson, senior vice president of American Viewpoint, Inc. Interviewing was conducted by SOCIS-Gallup, Kyiv, under the direction of Svetlana Pototskaya. The questionnaire was a joint effort of the project directors and IFES staff, including Michael Conway, IFES program officer for Europe and Asia, and Andre Bouchard, IFES project director in Ukraine.

This is the fifth in a series of surveys of the Ukrainian national electorate. The first was fielded in December 1994, the second in January 1996, the third in May 1996, and the fourth in July 1997.

This survey report:

         provides a description of the political environment in Ukraine;

         examines views toward economic and political reform;

         views the public perspective on the recent elections;

         examines voting patterns; • assesses the outlook for political participation;

         gauges the viability of political parties, and

         profiles the level of public information and provides an assessment of the mass media.

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. EE-A-OO-97-00034-00. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or IFES.  


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