Disinfo: Zelenskyy has lost the trust of Ukrainians

Summary

Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) has published shocking data on the rating of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The level of his support is almost half what it was when compared to the triumphal results of the presidential election in 2019. Only 42.6% of potential voters are ready to support Zelenskyy now [according to the poll conducted at the end of April 2020], while he managed to win with a record 73.22% result a year ago.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukrainian statehood. According to a sociological survey of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted at the end of April 2020, it's true that 42.6% of citizens would vote for Zelenskyy in the first round of a Presidential election. However, a year ago only 30.24% of the citizens voted for him in the first round. Russian media compared the new indicator with the results of the second round of elections in which only two candidates participate. In addition, according to a sociological survey conducted at the end of April by "Razumkov Tsentr", Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the most trusted politician among Ukrainians. 57% of the residents trust the President while 37% do not.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood
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Disproof

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