Only approximately 20% of Ukrainians are sufficiently informed on the implementation process of key reforms in Ukraine. Half of the population has “heard something” about them but would like to know more. These are the findings of the sociological survey entitled “Critical Thinking against Populism” that helped to find out what attitude Ukrainians have concerning the five major reforms: pension reform, land reform, reforms in healthcare and educational sectors, and privatization reform. The investigation was conducted by the Centre for Economic Strategy (CES) with support of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine.
The survey results indicate that the population is best informed about the implementation process of pension reform. Overall, 78% of the respondents are informed about it (20% “know much” and 58% have “heard something”). Only 22% are fully unaware of the reform.
Concerning the public awareness of land reform, healthcare reform, and education reform, the results are approximately equal: 71%, 70%, and 67% correspondingly. Among the aforementioned reforms, the population is least aware of education reform as 33% of Ukrainians know nothing about it.
The worst is the situation with privatization reform as 46,6% of survey respondents are unaware of the reform and only 53% know about it.
According to the survey results, 58% of the Ukrainian population would like to know more about pension reform, 54,3% about healthcare reform, and 52,4% about land reform.
According to Hlib Vyshlinskyi, the Co-chairman of the Council of Reanimation Package of Reforms and the Director of the Centre for Economic Strategy, the core reasons why Ukrainians are unaware of the reforms are the low level of communication between the government and the population and the existence of politicians’ populist slogans directed against the reformation process. Vyshlinskyi emphasizes that, “Successful reforms are impossible without great efforts that should be expended on communication”.
Source: Ukraine Crisis media center