Level of trust in Ukrainian army, president grows over past year – survey

13 January, 02:48 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Trust in Ukraine’s military grew from 72% to 96% over the past year, making it the most trusted of Ukraine’s institutions, a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) show.

The balance of trust-distrust in the Armed Forces of Ukraine (i.e. the difference between the share of those who trust and the share of those who do not trust) was +96% in December 2022 (it was +60% in December 2021).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and volunteers are the next most trusted by the Ukrainian public.

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The results of the survey show that in December 2021, 27% trusted the president (the balance was negative -23%, i.e. there were more people who did not trust than trusted), but in a year the indicator has increased to 84%, and the balance is currently +80%.

In the case of volunteers, trust increased from 68% to 84%, and balance improved from +57% to +81%.

There is also a significant improvement in trust in two other law enforcement structures on the list: trust in the SBU security service increased from 29% to 63% (the balance increased from -7% to +54%), and for the National Police trust rose from 30% to 58% in (the balance increased from -14% to +45%).

The perception of the government and the Verkhovna Rada has also improved significantly. Confidence in the government has increased from 14% to 52% over the past year (the balance increased from -46% to +33%).

In the case of the parliament, while overall trust indicators are not high, there was also a significant increase in trust: from 11% to 35%, and the balance increased from -56% to +2%.

Earlier 60% of Ukrainians named President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the politician of the year, while Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi ranked second with 10% of the votes.

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