Most Ukrainians Are Not Interested in Politics

December 14, 2017

In the results of the sociological study conducted by the Razumkov Centre on 22–27 September 2017, the first thing that catches the eye is people's extremely low interest in politics. They are either not interested in it altogether, or the level of interest is low.

According to the study, 60.3% of respondents have low level of interest in politics (43.1%), or are not interested in it altogether (17.2%). Only 37.7% responded that their level of interest in politics is very high (5%) or that they are rather interested in it (32.7%). Option "hard to say" was chosen by 2% of respondents.

Low level of interest in politics is demonstrated by youth — among 18–29-year-old citizens there are only 24% of those, who are interested in it.


Yuriy Yakymenko

President, Editor-in-Chief of "National Security and Defence" Journal

Born in 1967 in Cherkasy


National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Faculty of Philosophy (1991)

University of Manchester (the UK), Department of Government, post-graduate course in Political Theory, MA (Econ) (1994)

National Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy, post-graduate course in Social Philosophy (1995). The author of about 200 publications

Ph.D. in Political Science (2013). The author of about 40 research papers and more than 200 publications in media


1991 – 1995 — Expert in Public Relations of the Ukrainian Union of Afghan War Veterans

1995 – 2002 — Senior Consultant, Chief Consultant, Head of Division, Deputy Head of the Main Department of Domestic Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine

Most recent position at State Service — Deputy Head of the Department for Analysis and Prognosis of Home Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine. State Servant of the 4th rank

April 2002 – May 2005  — Razumkov Centre Leading Expert, Political and Legal Programmes

May 2005 – November 2011 — Director of Political and Legal Programmes

November 2011 – June 2020 — Deputy Director General, Director of Political and Legal Programmes

June 2020 — ongoing — President of the Razumkov Centre

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