UKRAINE: BBC’S LATEST UPDATE

The BBC Ukrainian service published some statistical data about Ukraine, as it usually does by the end of the year. Here are a few figures that caught my eye:

  • In Ukraine the average income of the rich is 40 times as high as the income of the poor. To compare: in the U.S.A. the same index is 5 to 7 times.
  • 52% of those who are younger than 30 years old expect changes for the better in 2012. For the age group from 30 to 50 the share of “optimists “ is 34% and from among people older than 54 only every fourth person (24%) thinks that their life in the year 2012 will improve.
  •  Two months ago the opposition party Batkivshchyna was supported by 13.8% of the population and the ruling Party of the Regions – by 16.6%. At the moment they changed places: the Party of the Regions has the support of 13.9%, while Batkivshchyna is favored by 15.8%.
  • Should the presidential election be held today, Yulia Tymoshenko would receive 16.3% of votes and the present-day president Victor Yanukovych would get 13.3%.
  • 55.1% of the Ukrainians agree that political reprisals take place in the country.
  • The title of the Biggest Disappointment of the Year has been given over to President Yanukovych: 32.3% of those polled.

The info may give some hint of what is going on in Ukraine.

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