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 voting all other candidates are so far behind it is a two horse race. All other contenders are wasting their money and will lose their 2.5 million deposit.
At a cost of over one billion dollars the notion of holding 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 Yulia Tymoshenko's popularity ratings have been on the upturn in recent months, while the rating of the Front for Change leader, Arseniy Yatseniuk, has dropped by more than 30%, the SOCIS pollster reported after 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 Volodymyr Lytvyn 2.9%, President Viktor Yuschenko 2.8%, banker Sergiy Tigipko 2.6%, 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 and in Kyiv, and the Party of Regions leader in eight eastern regions, in Crimea and Sevastopol.
The poll was conducted in all regions on order from the Ukrainian Foundation for Supporting Reform. In all, 5,009 respondents were questioned.