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Nearly half of Ukrainians don’t trust president, government and parliament — opinion poll

May 25, 2:25 UTC+3 KIEV
As many as 41.3% of the polled said they don’t trust the government and 47.7% said they don’t trust the Verkhovna Rada. 40.4% of the population don’t trust the Ukrainian president
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KIEV, May 24. /TASS/. More than 40% of Ukrainians don’t trust the country’s president, parliament and the newly elected government, according to a mid-May public opinion poll results that were made public on Tuesday.

The nationwide public opinion poll was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and Razumkov Center from May 11 to May 16, 2016. The poll involved more than 2,000 respondents aged older than 18 in all of Ukrainian regions but for the Lugansk and Donetsk region’s territories that are not controlled by the Kiev authorities. The theoretical error is 2.3% The poll was conducted with financial support from the MATRA program of the Dutch embassy and the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy.

"As many as 40.4% of the population don’t trust the Ukrainian president. The president enjoys support of only four percent," press release said.

The cabinet of minister and parliament enjoy even lesser support. Thus, as many as 41.3% of the polled said they don’t trust the government and 47.7% said they don’t trust the Verkhovna Rada (parliament). Other power institutions cannot boast high level of trust either. A total of 52.2% of respondents said they have no trust in the judicial branch and prosecution agencies, 27% don’t trust the country’s security services, and 19.5% denied confidence in the police.

Nevertheless, people are not enthusiastic about the idea of early parliamentary elections. As many as 43% of the polled were against it. Only a fourth of the polled said they hope that a new Verkhovna Rada would be better that its predecessor whereas 41% said no changes for the better could take place.

The Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party could count on 12% of votes should early parliamentary elections be held soon. The Samopomoshch (Self-assistance) association would have 10.6% of votes, the Petro Poroshenko Bloc - 9.9%, the Opposition Block - 9.1%, and Oleg Lyashko’s Radical Party - 8.4%

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