Ukrainians' expectations about the influence of countries and international organizations on world affairs and attitudes towards the United States

Most residents of Ukrainian cities expect a positive impact of "Euro-Atlantic" countries and organizations on world affairs in the next decade, while a small proportion of citizens expect this from Russia and Iran (24% and 21%)

In the new wave of the international study Global Advisor, conducted by Ipsos in Ukraine and 28 other countries in June-July this year, in addition to basic economic and socio-political issues, the people’s attitude to a sample of 16 countries and international organizations was also assessed. In particular: 
∙             Among the countries: Canada, Germany, France, China, India, USA, Russia, Israel, Iran, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia
∙             Among international organizations: the UN, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank
We asked respondents how these countries / organizations will affect world affairs in the next decade - positively or negatively.
Interviewed Ukrainians tend to evaluate European democracies most positively together with Canada: 82% are confident in the positive influence of Germany, 81% of Canada, 78% of Great Britain, and 76% of France. It is noteworthy that Iran has the lowest positive expectations on a par with Russia - 21% and 24%, respectively. 


As expected, there are clear differences in this issue depending on the region of residence: in the West and in the North, in general, the representatives of the "Euro-Atlantic bloc" of countries and organizations are treated more positive.
In particular, among the countries there is a significantly more positive attitude to Canada (87% in the West with 81% in general), the United States (77% in the West and North vs. 65% in total), the United Kingdom (89% in the North vs. 78% in total). In the East, significantly fewer people have positive expectations of Canada (73%), France (70%), and the United States (53%).
Among international organizations, the biggest differences between the regions can be seen in the attitude towards NATO - it is expected to have a positive impact on significantly more people in the North, West and Kyiv (77%, 77% and 76% respectively against 68% overall), significantly less in the East and South (56% and 53%). The IMF is more positive treated in the West (66% vs. 58%) and least positive in the South (46%).

Among the differences in socio-demographic groups is the fact that women tend to have more positive expectations of the IMF than men - 64% vs. 50%. Also, more affluent people (middle-income and above-average income) respond better to the International Monetary Fund - 64% vs. 55% among people with below-average incomes.

In the survey, we also asked people to compare the United States with other countries in a number of statements that concerned the economy, human rights, institutions, the United States' relations with other countries, and so on.
First of all, Ukrainians rate the US economy higher than the economies of other countries - 76% rated the United States "much above average" or "slightly above average" on this indicator. In general, respondents rated the United States higher in the context of things that are more about the United States itself, such as the strength of the economy (76%), respect for citizens' rights (63%), democratic values (62%), and living standards (62%). ), attractiveness for investment (62%). They are much less likely to evaluate the country positively in the international context - the least people agreed that the United States respects its neighbors and other countries better than other countries (37%).

It is worth noting that, in general, the strength of democratic values / institutions and respect for the rights of citizens / human beings were highly valued by most people on a par with economic factors such as a strong economy, investment attractiveness and living standards.
The largest differences in the assessment of the United States among those who expect a negative impact of the United States on world events, and among those who believe that this impact will be positive, is observed in the statements regarding the impact on international socio-economic development (26%). against 77% respectively) and respect for human rights (20% vs. 69% respectively).
As with the overall assessment of the country's role over the next 10 years, the United States rated more negatively in most statements in eastern Ukraine. Compared to the entire sample, views differed most on the fact that the United States contributes to the world economy (47% vs. 58% of the total population) and international peace and cooperation (32% vs. 42%).


The survey was conducted from June 23 to July 1, 2020 among people aged 18-74 living in cities with a population of 50,000 people (except for the Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions). The research method was an online interview among the participants of the Internet panel, the sample was 888 respondents.