Liashko fulfilled 33 percent of his promises. But he often radically changes his mind. First, he calls healthcare reform “genocide” and then votes for the respective bill. Also, despite being in opposition, Liashko very often supports governmental bills.
Boiko (26 percent) and Rabinovych (19 percent) linger behind the others. Hrytsenko is difficult to compare with others. There are few promises, and he has not been a MP since 2014.
The primary aim of politicians is to make people like them, so that they would vote for them in the coming election. Thus, as Gladkykh explains, “many unfulfilled promises are caused by inadequate popular expectations. People should know their real interests as representatives of particular social groups, instead of reacting on populist promises, like getting autocephalous status for the Ukrainian church or becoming a nuclear state again.”
Without high credibility and responsibility, there is still a way to know what policies politicians would actually implement when elected.
“You should evaluate politicians by who supports them financially, whose interests they will take into consideration when elected. […] Ukrainians elect but donors control the elected,” Tymofii Mylovanov, Associate Professor of University of Pittsburgh and Honorary President of the Kyiv School of Economics, tells UkraineWorld.
The consequences of such big distrust are already seen in the polls. Between 19 and 38 percent of those polled cannot name a preferred president on the list. Artists like singer Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and showman Volodymyr Zelenskyi, who have little or no experience in politics, have a pretty high level of support among those polled.
“Ukrainians may vote against the political establishment. They want new faces. The authorities have promised too much – like to end the war in a few months or a salary of about 300 euros – but haven’t fulfilled them,” says Mylovanov.