Among Ukrainian politicians, Volodymyr Zelensky (39.5% of Ukrainians trust him), Vitali Klitschko (33.8%), Serhiy Prytula (31.6%) and Volodymyr Groysman (31%) enjoy the highest level of trust from the population among Ukrainian politicians, evidenced by the results of an all-Ukrainian public opinion poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) from Feb. 23 to March 1.

According to the survey, 39.5% of Ukrainians trust President Volodymyr Zelensky, while 54.3% do not trust him (the balance of trust-distrust is -14.7%); Kyiv mayor Klitschko is trusted by 33.8%, 52.8% do not trust him (balance -19%); public activist, volunteer and TV presenter Prytula is trusted by 31.6%, 34% do not trust him (balance -2.3%); ex-prime minister Volodymyr Groisman has trust of 31%, 53.1% have no confidence in him (balance -22.1%); Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov has trust of 28.3%, no trust from 30.6% (balance -2.3%).

At the same time, 26.3% of Ukrainians trust MP Yulia Tymoshenko, 67.6% have distrust of her (the balance of trust and distrust is 41.3%); MP Yuriy Boiko has trust of 24.6%, 52.2% have no confidence in him (balance -27.6%), ex-MP Oleh Liashko is trusted by 23.2%, 69.5% do not trust him (balance -46.3%), 22.4% trust Ihor Smeshko, 22.6% do not trust him (balance -0.2%), the fifth president, Petro Poroshenko, is trusted by 21.9%, 73.5% have no confidence in him (balance -51.6%).

The level of trust in other politicians is below 20%.

If we compare the percentage of confidence in a politician with the same indicator in January, the greatest changes can be traced in the case with Zelensky – an increase from 35.6% to 39.5%, Prytula – an increase from 27.3% to 31.6%, Boiko – a decrease from 28.9% to 24.6%, Medvedchuk – a decrease from 19.6% to 16.2%, Palytsia – a decrease from 5.3% to 3%.

The respondents were also asked a similar question about trust in the leaders of other states.

As it turned out, 30.3% Ukrainians trust Alexander Lukashenko, while 56.8% do not trust him, so his balance of trust-distrust is -26.5%. Moreover, compared to January 2021, the level of trust in him decreased.

Joe Biden is trusted by 29.4% of Ukrainians, and not trusted by 25.5%. Its balance is positive and amounts to + 3.9%, respectively. Compared to January, no significant changes have been observed.

Vladimir Putin was the most unfavorable among Ukrainians – 82.4% do not trust him versus 10.8% of those who trust (-71.6% balance).

The public opinion poll was conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology from Feb. 23 to March 1, 2021 using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). Some 1,207 respondents living in 86 settlements of all regions of Ukraine (except for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) were randomly selected during three rounds with a quota selection at the final round, which is representative for the population of Ukraine aged over 18.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is not more than 2.9% for indicators close to 50%, 2.5% for indicators close to 25%, 1.9% for indicators close to 12%, and 1.3% for indicators close to 5%.

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