KIEV, November 13. /TASS/. Former Prime Minister and leader of the Batkivshchina Party, Yulia Timoshenko, is the frontrunner in Ukraine’s forthcoming presidential election, a joint survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), the Razumkov Center and Rating pollster showed on Tuesday.
“Twenty-one percent of those who’ve made their choice and plan to go out and vote are ready to support Yulia Timoshenko. That being said, actor Vladimir Zelensky is backed by 11%, while Pyotr Poroshenko got 10%, along with Civil Position Party leader Anatoly Gritsenko also with 10% Meanwhile, Co-Chairman of the Opposition Block Yuri Boiko is backed by 9%, Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko 8%, singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk 6%, and leader of opposition party Ours, Evgeny Murayev, is supported by 5% The rating of other candidates is less than 5%,” according to KIIS.
Timoshenko is the favorite in all the regions throughout the country, except Donbass where she trails Boiko. Incumbent President Poroshenko tops the so-called anti-rating of politicians since “more than a half of those polled said they will never vote for him,” sociologists pointed out.
“Every fifth voter believes that Timoshenko will become the next president. Yet 14% of those, who plan to participate in the balloting, think that Poroshenko is going to win. Less than 4% of those surveyed said that other politicians can take up the highest post in the country,” KIIS stated.
Also, the Batkivshchina Party remains a major political force in the election to Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, with 22% of those polled ready to support it, according to the survey.