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33% of Ukrainians found de-oligarchization law to be populism - poll

24.12.2021, 18:44

33% of Ukrainians found the law on de-oligarchization to be a populist measure aimed at ensuring more popularity of the president Volodymyr Zelensky. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

21% of respondents considered the law as a real anti-corruption measure aiming at reducing of the influence of oligarchs, 23% called the law an attempt by Zelensky and his entourage to redistribute property in the economy and become oligarchs.

Another 11% of respondents believed that the law on de-oligarchization is a way to fight the political opposition.

Most often, Ukrainians named the businessmen Igor Kolomoisky (94%) and Rinat Akhmetov (94%), as well as the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (89%) to be the oligarchs. In addition, they named among oligarchs Viktor Pinchuk (82%), Dmytro Firtash (80%), MPs of the Opposition Platform - For Life faction Serhiy Lyovochkin (63%) and Yuriy Boyko (61%), businessman, ex-MP Vadym Novynsky (58 %).

55% of respondents considered the president Zelensky to be an oligarch.

The survey was conducted from November 24 to December 1, 2021 by face-to-face interview at the place of residence of respondents. 2,005 respondents aged 18 and over were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, except for the Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, according to a sample representing the adult population according to the main socio-demographic indicators. The theoretical sampling error (excluding the design effect) did not exceed 2.3% with a probability of 0.95.

As it was reported, on November 5, the president Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Law №1780-IX “On Prevention of Threats to National Security Related to Excessive Influence of Persons of Significant Economic and Political Importance in Public Life (Oligarchs)” adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on November 3.

Oksana Romanyuk, executive director of the Institute of Mass Information, found that the anti-oligarchic law would contribute to switching the media market to shadow.

According to a poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (November 26-29, 2021), 36% of Ukrainians see President Volodymyr Zelensky's intentions to de-oligarchize as a populist measure to improve his rating.

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