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COMMENTARY ABOUT THE STANDARDS FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE SOCIOLOGICAL RATINGS
It turns out that many people interpret the sociological ratings incorrectly. Partly it is the fault of sociologists because they can not agree on the standards for the publication of ratings (actually they have agreed on some but not all). This comment is ought to help the readers of our site to understand this matter.The first thing that is always made public is the percentage of those who will vote for a particular party (or candidate) WITH THE RESPECT TO ALL RESPONDENTS. This is the direct results of the survey, and in relation to these indicators, the sampling errors are calculated. These data are needed to compare different studies, but THEY DO NOT SHOW WHAT PARTIES WILL BE ELECTED TO THE PARLIAMENT.
Dynamics of the attitudes of Ukrainians towards public opinion polls, December 2015
The poll in December, 2015 showed that half of the population (50%) trusts sociological organizations that have been working for a long time already, 10% do not trust sociological organizations, others do not think about it. Trust-mistrust rate for sociological surveys and trust-mistrust balance (percentage of those, who trust, minus percentage of those, who mistrust, equals +40%) is almost the same as it was in 2014.
Dynamic of attitudes of Ukraine to opinion polls, December 2014
Questions about the attitude of the Ukrainian population to the results of opinion polls asked in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2013. The December 2014 survey showed that the level of distrust in public opinion research decreased and balance of trust and distrust increased.
Dynamics of the Ukrainians attitudes towards sociological opinion polls, November 2013
Questions about the attitude of the population of Ukraine to the results of opinion polls was asked in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2012. In the survey in November 2013, respondents also expressed their views about the opinion polls.
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Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted a nationwide opinion poll during the period of April 12–23, 2012. 2038 respondents were interviewed; the survey covered all regions of Ukraine (including the city of Kyiv) and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea; sample was random and representative for the population of Ukraine aged 18 years and older.