According to surveys conducted in November–December 20181, 60 % of citizens think that over the past 10 years, the quality of air in Ukraine has worsened. 28 % think that it has not changed. Another 5 % noted improvement of the air quality. 7 % did not determine a response.
What concerns regional differences, the residents of the East more than others noted the improvement of the air quality. About one third of the residents of the Center (31 %) think that air quality remained the same, which is considerably more than among residents of the South (23 %). There is relatively smaller amount of those who did not determine a response among residents of the Central region.
In your opinion, over the past 10 years the quality of air in Ukraine …? (% of all respondents, N=2034, NWest=565, NCenter=697, NSouth=497, NEast=275)
The most effective way to resolve air quality problems respondents most often considered to be the use of more stringent emission controls, restrictions on transport, tax increases etc.
In your opinion, which of the following is or would be the most effective way(s) to resolve air quality problems? Choose up to 3 responses. (% of all respondents, N=2034)
Regarding what Ukrainians did themselves in order to reduce air pollution, the majority of respondents planted trees and refrained from burning garbage and dry vegetation.
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1 The survey was conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology ordered by International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law”. As part of the study, 2034 interviews were conducted with respondents living in 110 localities of Ukraine. The questions were taken from the questionnaire of the Eurobarometer international comparative research project (Special Issue).