With less then 99 days to go The trend is pretty much lock in. Yushchenko is still below 3% and Yatseniuk has lost ground to Tymoshenko.
Only Tymoshenko and Yanukovich are in position to progress to the second round of votingall other candidates are so far behind it is a two horse race. All other contenders are wasting their money and will lose their 2.5million deposit.
At a cost of over one billion dollars the notion ofholding a direct election seams pretty much a stupid idea and a total wast of limited resources.
Source Kyivpost SOCIS
Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister YuliaTymoshenko’s popularity ratings have been on the upturn in recentmonths, while the rating of the Front for Change leader, ArseniyYatseniuk, has dropped by more than 30%, the SOCIS pollster reportedafter a poll, conducted from September 20 to October 1.
Yanukovych would be supported by 28.7% of those polled (up 0.9%against July) and Tymoshenko by 19.0% (up 2.1%) according the poll.
Yatseniuk would muster 8.2% of the votes, down 4.9% against July,Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko 3.6%, Rada Speaker VolodymyrLytvyn 2.9%, President Viktor Yuschenko 2.8%, banker Sergiy Tigipko2.6%, and leader of the Freedom Association Oleh Tiahnyboka 1%.
In a hypothetical second round the Yanukovych-Tymoshenko margin would narrow to 40.3%-to-32.6%, respectively.
The prime minister would lead in 16 western and central regions andin Kyiv, and the Party of Regions leader in eight eastern regions, inCrimea and Sevastopol.
The poll was conducted in all regions on order from the UkrainianFoundation for Supporting Reform. In all, 5,009 respondents werequestioned.