National poll shows only quarter optimistic about future, signaling shift in sentiment


Only 25% of Ukrainians believe that the situation in the country will change for the better, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Social and Political Psychology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in cooperation with the Association of Political Psychologists of Ukraine. The survey results were presented at the news agency Interfax-Ukraine on April 1.

The survey revealed that only 25.4% of respondents expect the situation in the country to improve, while 42.2% believe that changes for the better are unlikely to occur or will definitely not occur. The highest share of Ukrainians with positive expectations is in the south of Ukraine (44.1%), while the lowest is in the center (18.4%). A year ago, there were more optimists than pessimists among the respondents (35% and 30%, respectively).

Currently, 56.1% of respondents assess the socio-economic and political situation in Ukraine as bad or very bad. Only 24.6% consider the situation to be quite normal or normal. According to sociologists, this distribution of assessments is almost identical to the results of a survey conducted before Russia’s full-scale invasion. At that time, 52.2% of Ukrainians considered the situation in the country to be bad or very bad, while 31.8% considered it normal or quite normal.

The survey was conducted face-to-face from March 1 to March 15, 2024, with 2,000 respondents aged 18 and older in the government-controlled territory of Ukraine. The sample represents the adult population of Ukraine, with a margin of error of 3.2%.

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