Donbas residents do not believe elections make their lives better- survey

Source : 112 Ukraine

Only 15% in the Donetsk region and 6% in the Luhansk believe that they have the possibility to control the actions of their local authorities
09:48, 21 October 2015

Only 24% in the Donetsk region and 8% in the Luhansk believe that the elections will improve the situation in their city (settlement, village), according to a survey of residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (in the territories under the control of Ukraine), conducted from 3 to 12 October 2015 by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and Ukrainian Sociology Service firm, reports.

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Willingness to participate in the elections to be held on October 25 stated about 51% of residents of the Donetsk region (13% will “definitely” take part in it and 38.5% - "probably"), whereas in the Luhansk region 48% of residents expressed readiness to participate in the polls (18% - "definitely", 30% - "probably").

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The main reason for refusal to participate in elections is that people do not see the candidates and parties for whom they would vote (34% in the Donetsk region, and 39% - in the Luhansk). The other reason is a certainty that the elections will not change their lives (46% in the Donetsk region, and 23% - in Luhansk).

Residents of Luhansk region, more than in Donetsk, expressed concerns about unfair elections: 38% believe that the results can be distorted (in the Donetsk region - 28%) and 14% (against 10% in the Donetsk region.) are strongly convinced in that.

Also, only 7% of Donbas residents responded they are familiar with the new law on local elections. 45% in Donetsk and 57% in Luhansk regions “might have heard something” about new regulations.

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Most of those who expressed a willingness to participate in the elections have not decided on a candidate, for whom they would like to vote (57% in the Donetsk region, and 60% - in Luhansk).

For the majority of Donbas residents, crucial in the choice of candidates will be the identity of nominees (55% in the Donetsk region, and 77% - in the Luhansk), their previous activities (35% in the Donetsk region, and 64% - in the Luhansk), and also programs and specific proposals to solve local problems (38% in the Donetsk region, and 42% - in Lugansk).

For 35% of the inhabitants of Donetsk region matters the party affiliation of the candidate, meanwhile, in the Luhansk region only 7% defined that to be relevant reason.

In addition, 22% of Luhansk region inhabitants are ready to sell their vote (though 11% out of it - only if the money will be from the candidate for whom the voter intended to vote), whereas in the Donetsk region - 14% (9% - only for "their" candidate).

In total, the survey sample amounts of 1,000 respondents (500 in each region), representative in terms of age, gender and constituencies of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The sampling error lays within 3.5%.

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