Most Ukrainian citizens in favor of early parliamentary elections

2014 2014-08-18T14:49:34+0300 2014-08-18T14:49:34+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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The overwhelming majority of Ukrainian citizens, 72%, are in favor of holding early elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the UNIAN news agency said quoting Yevhen Kopat’ko of Research & Branding Group, a Ukrainian non-governmental marketing and sociological research company, referring to the results of a study conducted between July 28 and August 7.

According to the survey, 19% do not consider it necessary to conduct such an election, with 9% of respondents finding it difficult to answer the question.

Answering the question about the system that should underlie the parliamentary elections, 41% of respondents indicated that the vote should be held under the proportional system and open party lists. 20% of respondents were in favor of a mixed system, and 13% - for the majority system. 26% could not answer the question.

Commenting on such the poll results, Yevhen Kopat’ko noticed that as a result of these elections Ukrainians could receive a very serious reformatting of Parliament. “But what we will get will not be a parliament of pragmatists, but revolutionaries,” says the expert. According to him, the country now witnesses a situation when “for the first time in the history of independent Ukraine the current government has absolutely no opposition”. “All relations that are emerging in the political space of Ukraine are decided between the representatives of the ruling political elite, which will have an impact on one or another institution of power – President, Cabinet of Ministers, the Verkhovna Rada. The Verkhovna Rada is a special target of struggle,” said the sociologist. According to him, in these conditions, during the campaign, which also will be very short, there will be no conflict of ideas and concepts. “You will get a fight between populism of military, political, economic and social types. And the result we get is the Parliament of revolutionaries," said Kapat’ko. Besides, he added, during a short campaign it is hard to get “any deliberate things”.

The survey involved 1,000 respondents in 498 different regions of Ukraine with the exception of the Crimea, Sevastopol, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The average margin of error is 3%.