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KIIS: 65% of Ukrainians critical of remote voting in elections

Online voting is supported by 29%.

KIIS: 65% of Ukrainians critical of remote voting in elections
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Some 65% of Ukrainians have a negative attitude to the idea of remote voting via the Internet and are worried about the risks of fraud.

The idea of remote voting is supported by 29%, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

There were 6% of respondents who found it difficult to form an opinion on this issue.

"In all regions of Ukraine, the majority of the population (55-68%) is negative about the idea of introducing remote voting," the findings show.

The most negative attitude towards remote voting is recorded in the west of Ukraine, and the least - in the east.

West: 68% oppose, 28% support, 4% find it difficult to say. Centre: 64% negative, 28% positive, 8% - hard to say. South: 65% negative, 31% positive, 4% - hard to say. East: 55% negative: 31% - positive, 13% - hard to say.

The survey was conducted between 30 September and 13 October 2023 by computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) based on a random sample of mobile phone numbers (with random generation of phone numbers and subsequent statistical weighting). A total of 2,007 respondents living in all regions of Ukraine (except Crimea) were interviewed. The survey was conducted among adult (aged 18 and older) citizens of Ukraine who, at the time of the survey, resided in Ukraine (within the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities). Residents of the temporarily occupied territories could not be included in the sample, and the survey was not conducted among citizens staying abroad.

Formally, under normal circumstances, the statistical error of such a sample (with a probability of 0.95 and taking into account the design effect of 1.1) did not exceed 2.4% for indicators close to 50%, 2.1% for indicators close to 25%, 1.5% for indicators close to 10%, and 1.1% for indicators close to 5%.

In wartime, in addition to the above formal error, a certain systematic deviation is added. However, despite certain factors that may affect the quality of the findings in wartime conditions, in general, KIIS believes that the results obtained still retain high representativeness and allow for a fairly reliable analysis of public opinion.

If not for the full-scale invasion, the parliamentary elections would have been held on 29 October 2023, and the presidential elections in March 2024.'s sources in the presidential office assured us that they are not preparing for the presidential election in the spring. At least for now. However, parliamentary elections may still take place, though next autumn at the earliest.

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