12:15 27 Oct 2021

26% of Ukrainians call environmental problems one of the most pressing threats, a poll says

26% of Ukrainians consider environmental problems to be one of the most pressing threats to the country. Among the threats to the country's security, Ukrainians more often mention only the threat of further economic decline (31%).

These are the results of a poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the Center for Political Sociology from August 14 to 24, 2021, Rubryka reports.

In recent years, Ukrainians have traditionally named war, corruption, and economic problems the three most pressing threats to the country.

Citizens now mention environmental issues along with these traditional threats, and this shows that Ukrainians are increasingly aware of the importance of protecting the environment and understand how destructive environmental problems will affect their health in the long run.

Environmental security has changed from a secondary problem to a fundamental issue of geostrategy in the world, and awareness of its importance is increasingly reflected in the public opinion of Ukrainians.

14% of Ukrainians called the deterioration of the environmental situation a significant problem for them personally. This contrasts with the fact that Ukrainians are increasingly aware of the importance of environmental protection for the country as a whole. However, this is to be expected, because when they say that they are personally concerned, citizens name the short-term problems they face on a daily basis, and the pandemic has obviously exacerbated the threat of loss of income and unavailability of treatment.

Residents of Eastern Ukraine mentioned environmental issues more often as relevant to them personally: if in Western Ukraine, 9% named the environmental issue personally, in the East, it's 22%.

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