Kyiv, Ukraine – IRI today released its fourth in a series of national polls of Ukrainian public opinion.  The poll, conducted August 21 – September 6, 2012, found that 58 percent of Ukrainians do not think the country is moving in the right direction, while only 24 percent think that the country is moving in the right direction.

In addition, 61 percent of Ukrainians do not think the upcoming October 28, 2012 elections will be free and fair, which is consistent with previous surveys, and only 20 percent have confidence in the elections.  In addition, the poll found that the four most important issues facing Ukrainians are: unemployment, low industrial production, control over price growth and corruption within state bodies.  The poll is a comprehensive analysis of attitudes regarding the current Ukrainian economic, social and political landscape. 

Data collected for IRI surveys is used to gauge public opinion and to assist IRI’s political party partners with building platforms based on the issues most important to the Ukrainian people.  The randomly collected sample of 2,000 men and women of voting age was collected nationwide.  The study was analyzed by Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization and was fielded by the Rating Group Ukraine under the supervision of IRI.  The margin of error for the national sample does not exceed plus or minus 2.2 percent with a response rate of 59 percent.

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