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Annual Municipal Survey of Ukraine Reveals Satisfaction with Local Governments

September 15, 2021

The International Republican Institute (IRI) commissioned a municipal survey of Ukrainians residing in 24 cities to gauge their perceptions of local-level services, capacities, and political performance.    

Right-Wrong direction 

The results of this survey revealed a high level of confidence for public officials’ job performance and competencies at the local level. Several regions registered higher approval for the way their cities are managed, and majorities in 11 of the municipalities reported that their city is moving in the right direction. Residents point to an increase in the quality of local services and overall rates of satisfaction with local authorities. National authorities have yet to close the gap in satisfaction levels ascribed to local-level officials.  

Vaccines and vaccinations 

More than 50 percent of adults in all surveyed cities consider the coronavirus pandemic to be an overall threat, including to their personal health and that of their families. However, in a noteworthy number of cities, those who are unwilling to be vaccinated are more numerous than those who are willing to be inoculated. Citizens have a higher level of relative willingness to be vaccinated in Lviv, Vinnytsia and Sumy, whereas the opposite is the case in Mariupol, Odesa, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia. Typically, those who were less hesitant to take the vaccine were older and men, and people with more favorable assessments of medical institutions. The fear of side effects is reportedly the primary barrier to vaccination, followed by a lack in faith of vaccine efficacy. 

Most of those willing to be vaccinated would prefer a vaccine made in the USA or the EU.   

This study was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of IRI and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States government. 

Read the Report Here.

Methodology 

The survey was conducted by Sociological Group “Rating” (Rating Group Ukraine) on behalf of the International Republican Institute’s Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR) between May 12 and June 3, 2021, in 24 cities in Ukraine (Kyiv and all oblast centers; including Mariupol in Donetsk oblast and Sievierodonetsk in Luhansk oblast). Interviews were conducted through in-person interviews at the homes of 19,196 permanent residents of Ukraine aged 18 and older. The data was weighted to reflect the general population of these cities by age and gender. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 3.5 percent and the response rate averaged 65 percent. 

Although COVID-19 has an ongoing impact on the public health environment in Ukraine, IRI’s implementing partner safely conducted this survey through in-person interviews while observing all national and local-level guidelines and mandates related to COVID-19.  

The survey was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)