A majority of Ukrainians (61.7%) said their financial situation has worsened over the past 12 months. Only a third of respondents (33.3%) said their financial standing has not changed, and for 4% - it has improved. These figures were released by Verkhovna Rada Deputy Chairman Mykola Tomenko, commenting on the findings of the poll conducted by the Ukrainian Democratic Circle on the order of the Institute of Politics, UKRINFORM reported Monday.

The politician noted that a majority of the population in all regions of the country point to the worsening of financial situation over the past 12 months. Thus, one in ten Ukrainian families (11.2%) do not have enough money even for food, and two fifths (41.3%) - although having enough money for food - find it difficult to buy clothes or shoes. The share of families who do not have enough money even for food, in the western, central and eastern regions, is almost identical, but in southern regions there are more such people.

Tomenko also added that the vast majority of Ukrainians (97.5%) in one way or another are concerned over price hike, compared to only 1.7% of those surveyed who do not worry about it. Almost half of respondents believe that the main culprit of the current skyrocketing prices is both current and previous government (49.2%), while 27.6% condemn the current government, and 12.3% - the previous one. At the same time, 7.8% of those surveyed are of the opinion that the price increase - it is an objective consequence of the global crisis, 3.1% failed to answer.

The Ukrainian survey was conducted from January 29 to February 7 by the Ukrainian Democratic Circle on the order of the Institute of Politics. The sampling represents the adult population of Ukraine and covers all regions of the country. A total of 1,200 respondents aged 18 years were interviewed, the statistical sampling error without design effect with certainty of 0.95 does not exceed plus or minus 2.9%.

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