Public opinion about decentralisation reform
Nationwide public opinion poll was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation jointly with Kyiv International Institute of Sociology on August 16-28, 2018 in all regions of Ukraine with the exception of Crimea and the occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 2,041 respondents aged 18 and older were polled.
Over a year the level of awareness of Ukrainians with decentralisation reform has somewhat declined. 16% of the people understand what this reform is about (in June 2017 this figure was around 20%), 60% heard something about it (in 2017 – 62%). Accordingly, the share of those who know absolutely nothing about decentralisation grew from 18% to 23%. Residents from the Central regions know the most about the reform (a total of 83%), while residents from the East of Ukraine now the least about it (53%).
Only 19% of the respondents said that they are well aware of the powers which local authorities possess, while 51% are partially aware of this issue, and 32% know practically nothing about this at all.