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09.06.2011

Survey: Almost 50% see political repression by the regime

   

 

The authoritative Razumkov Centre has published the results of a new public survey for May 2011.  The fact that the level of optimism with the development of events in Ukraine has not changed if compared with the results for April is not especially cheering. Only 15.2% believe that events are going in the right direction, while 63.4% consider them to be going the wrong way.

Almost half the respondents (48.7%) consider that the present regime is resorting to political repression, while 27.9% believe this is not the case. The others didn’t know.

An absolute majority (59.1%) think that the law enforcement agencies treat members of opposition political forces more harshly and are more mellow in their treatment of representatives of the political parties in power.  Only 22.3% believe that they treat representatives of the regime and the opposition equally, and 2.3% said that they were more lenient in their treatment of the opposition.

A majority (52.2%) are convinced that criminal prosecutions are being used for fighting political opponents. 14.8% of those surveyed believed that criminal prosecutions against members of the present regime do not get coverage in the media, and only 8.8% are convinced that members of the former regime violated the law and that members of the present regime do not. Around a quarter of the respondents did not know.

Most people see the main reason for Yury Lutsenko’s continued remand in custody as revenge for his actions during his leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (29.6%) or the wish to scare off supporters of the opposition (24.6%). A lot less respondents see the reason as being that he could flee the country (19.9%) or exert pressure on the investigation (10.7%).

The survey was carried out by the Razumkov Centre from 19 to 26 May 2011, with 2 thousand respondents aged 18 or over in all regions of Ukraine. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%. 

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