Over half of Ukrainians give poor marks to first year of presidency of Yanukovych

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Feb. 25, 2011, 2:47 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Over half of Ukrainians disapprove of the activities of Viktor Yanukovych

Kyiv, February 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Over half of Ukrainians disapprove of the activities of Viktor Yanukovych during his first year of his presidency, according to a new poll. The nationwide phone survey was conducted by Kyiv-based Gorshenin Institute of Management Issues on February 14-23.

According to the results of the poll, some 50.8% of the respondents negatively assessed the activity of Viktor Yanukovych as Ukrainian president, 35.5% said they considered it positive, and 13.7% failed to answer. At the same time, some 46.1% of those polled said their attitude towards Yanukovych had worsened over the first year of his presidency, 26.1% said it became better, and 27.8% failed to answer.

Almost two thirds of citizens (59.3%) said they do not support the activity of the Ukrainian government headed by Mykola Azarov, 26.9% said they support its activity, and 13.8% failed to answer. At the same time, 50.6% of the respondents positively assessed the foreign policy activity of Yanukovych and his team, while 30.5% said they have negative attitude towards it, and 18.9% failed to answer.

Some 64% of Ukrainians said relations between Ukraine and Russia over the last year had become better, 16.1% said they had worsened, and 19.9% failed to answer. At the same time, 32.7% of the respondents said that the relations between Ukraine and the European Union over the last year were better, 18.1% said they had worsened, and 39.2% failed to answer.

A total of 2,000 respondents were polled. The poll's margin of error is 2.2%.
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