JRL NEWSWATCH: “Pre-election poll gives Poroshenko highest ‘anti-rating’ of all presidential candidates” – Kyiv Post/ Daria Shulzhenko

Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

“… [incumbent President] Petro Poroshenko is facing an uphill battle for re-election ….  Nearly 50 percent of Ukrainians won’t vote for Poroshenko under any circumstances, according to [a] poll … conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, the Razumkov Center, and the Rating Group sociological organization. … giv[ing] Poroshenko the highest ‘anti-ranking’ …. The poll shows presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko, who heads the Batkivshchyna (‘Fatherland’) political party, leading …. [with n]early 20 percent of respondents who have already decided … [and] plan to vote … [for] her. … Tymoshenko’s ‘anti-ranking’ stands at 27 percent [yet] she is also the top candidate for president in virtually all regions ….”

[poll numbers gleaned from the article:]

  • Tymoshenko 20%
  • comedy actor Volodymyr Zelensky (undeclared) 11%
  • Petro Poroshenko file photo, with additional men in background, adapted from image at state.govPoroshenko 10%
  • Civic Position party leader Anatoly Grytsenko 9.9%
  • Opposition Bloc party leader Yuriy Boyko 8.7%
  • Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko 7.6%
  • Okean Elzy rock singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk (undeclared) approximately 5%

The election is planned for March 2019.

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