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Poll: Yushchenko rated the least supported President in Ukraine's history

Poll: Yanukovych, Tymoshenko, Yatseniuk and Lytvyn top presidential election list

Today, 14:51 | Interfax-Ukraine
Published in the Kyiv Post

Poll: Yanukovych, Tymoshenko, Yatseniuk and Lytvyn top presidential election list
The list of leading presidential candidates includes Leader of the Regions Party Victor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Head of the Front for Changes Initiative Arseniy Yatseniuk and Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.

These are the findings of a poll conducted by the Inmark Center and announced by its director, Viktor Berest, at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

According to the poll, most Ukrainians are ready vote in the presidential elections. Some 32.5% said that they are ready to vote if the elections are held in the near future. Some 28.2% will "possibly" vote.

Among those who said they will vote, some 24.2% support Yanukovych, 15.2% will vote for Tymoshenko, 10.7% will vote for Yatseniuk and 9.3% for Lytvyn. Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko gained the support of only 2.2% of those polled.

According to the poll, Yuschenko tops the "anti-rating" of presidential candidates. When asked to name the candidate they least wanted to see as president, some 52.3% named Yuschenko, 34.7% named Tymoshenko and 25.9% named Yanukovych. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn had the lowest anti-rating of 3.1%.

Berest also said that the ratings might change depending on the economic situation in the country, the financial resources of candidates and their access to the media.

"Time is working against Yanukovych and Tymoshenko," he added.

On the other hand, he was critical of Yanukovych's bid to become president.

"Yanukovych may lose voters because of his passiveness. I think he will not [win the elections]," Berest said.

The poll was held from April 21 to May 4 2009. Some 6,573 people over the age of 18 were interviewed in all the regions of Ukraine. The poll's average margin of error is 1.3%.

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