Ukrainian citizens consider economic crisis to be the main issue, which the newly elected president should overcome, according to a poll held by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and Razumkov Centre.
According to the survey, three quarters of Ukrainians believe that overcoming the crisis and ensuring economic growth is the main task of the president, 60.5% referred to fight against corruption, 48.6% overcoming unemployment, 40.5% increasing the life level of Ukrainians, 33.5% ensuring Ukraine's independence, security and defensibility, and 30.2% overcoming the split between east and west of the country. Over a half Ukrainian citizens (58%) think that the presidential elections will held to improve the situation in the country, 21% believe the elections will change nothing, while 5% expect the elections to deteriorate the situation in Ukraine, the poll showed. When asked about early parliamentary elections in 2014, a total of 68.8% respondents said they supported holding them, 11.6% said they were opposed and 19.5% failed to respond. The survey was held on May 14-18, 2014 in all Ukrainian regions except Crimea. A total of 2,011 respondents aged over 18 were polled.