The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated significantly in most areas of life

The only area where citizens noted the improvement of the situation is the country’s defensive potentialities.

The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated significantly in most spheres of life.
This is evidenced by the survey data, which was conducted by the “Democratic Initiatives” foundation named after Ilka Kucheriv in conjunction with the sociological service of the Razumkov Center.

According to sociologists, in 2017 the most negative changes occurred in the level of prices and tariffs.

Here 87% of the population noted a deterioration, in the economic situation of Ukraine (72%), in the level of stability (72%), citizens ‘attitude to power (69%), citizens’ confidence in tomorrow (67.5%), family well-being (63 %), the situation with crime (62%), health (61%), in relation of governance to citizens (60%).

In addition, the main deteriation of the situation was indicated in social protection (50%), wages (49%), observance of legality by civil servants (47%), education (42%), pensions (39%).

Also, sociologists noted that nothing has changed in such areas as the situation of the Ukrainian-speaking population (64%), the situation of the Russian-speaking population (60%), the situation of religious and ethnic minorities (59%), the level of speech’s freedom (44%), the level of democracy 44%), interethnic relations (43%).

Opinions were divided on the situation of human rights (40% believe that the situation has not changed, and 39% believe that it has changed for the worse).

The only area where citizens noted the improvement of the situation is the country’s defensive potentialities – 39% of the population indicated a change for the better (to the worst, 21%).

Meanwhile, opinions on the international image of Ukraine almost divided: 24% of citizens believe that the image has changed for the better, 34% – for the worst, and 28% believe that it has not changed.

In general, the situation in the country, according to 69% of the population, has changed for the worse (in 2016 – 73%).
Compared to last year, in 2016, some changes for the worst Ukrainians noted in the health sector (in 2016, 53% noted a worsening, in 2017 – 61%), in education (36% and 42%, respectively), in compliance rights and freedoms of citizens (32% and 39%).
At the same time, in certain areas, the population noticed obvious changes for the better: in 2016 only 4% of the population saw a change for the better in the provision of pensions, in 2017 they already 22.5% (changes for the worst were 49%, in 2016 – 49% ) and in remuneration – changes for the better in 2016, designated only 3%, whereas in 2017 – 15%.