Eighty-three percent of Ukrainians would definitely not vote forincumbent President Viktor Yuschenko at the next presidential election,an opinion poll suggests.
Oleh Tiahnybok, leader of the nationalist Svoboda group, was secondto Yuschenko in the “presidential anti-rating” poll taken jointly bythe Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute of Social Studies and the SocialMonitoring Center.
Seventy-eight percent named Tiahnybok when asked, “Who would you vote for under no circumstances?”
Parliamentary deputy Iryna Bohoslovska came third with 75%.
Anatoliy Hrytsenko, head of the parliamentary committee on nationalsecurity and defense, and Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko eachreceived 73%.
Former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the oppositionParty of Regions, and Arseniy Yatseniuk, leader of the Front for Changepublic initiative, were at the bottom of the list, with 45% and 47%respectively.
Yanukovych also enjoys the greatest support, the poll suggests. Hewould win 33.9% of votes if the election were held next Sunday.
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko would receive 21.3%, while Yatseniuk would drum up just 11.1%
The survey, carried out on October 2-12, also suggests that theelectorate has been increasingly active for the past month – 56% ofthose questioned said they were determined to go to the polls in thepresidential election compared with 48% who declared such intentions ina poll on August 15-22.
Four percent said in October’s survey were determined to stay away from voting compared to 5% in July.
The returns of both polls were made public at a news conference atthe headquarters of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Monday.
A minimum of 10,400 people in 509 cities, towns and villages across Ukraine were said to have been questioned in both surveys.
The presidential election is set for January 17, 2010.