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Ukrainians trust Western companies more than local firms for reconstruction, poll shows

By Ukraine Rebuild News Staff, Sept 12, 2023

Ukrainians trust Western companies and banks more than local firms to carry out reconstruction of the country after the war, according to an opinion poll published by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

When asked which entities could undertake the rebuilding “effectively and without corruption,” 28.1 percent chose large Western private companies and banks, while 18.6 percent picked international financial organizations such as the IMF and World Bank.

Only 17.5 percent of the respondents chose large Ukrainian state companies and banks, and 8.2% picked large Ukrainian private companies and banks. Some 5.4 percent said “none of the above” and 18.1 percent said it’s “difficult to answer.”

The poll was conducted in person across the nation, excluding areas under Russian occupation. The pollsters interviewed 2,011 people between July 3 and 17.

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