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Almost 40% of Ukrainians have no election preferences – poll

Over 5% said they would cross out all options or invalidate a ballot paper.

Almost 40% of Ukrainians have no election preferences – poll
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A public survey by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) found that 37% of respondent have not decided yet who they are going to vote for in the parliamentary election, 38.3% have no preferences among presidential candidates. Some 5% of the respondents said they would cross out all options or invalidate their ballots in other manner, 16.7% would not vote at all.

As far as the presidential election is concerned, 5.5 % of the respondents said they would cross out all options or invalidate their ballots in other manner, 15.2% would not vote at all.

Fatherland party leader Yuliya Tymoshenko tops the presidential rating with 24.6% of the respondents who are planning to vote and have made up their mind already. She is followed by Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko, 15.5%, and Civic Position leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko, 12.5%. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is the fourth, his rating going down from 16.9% in December 2017 to the current 12.5%.

Other names on the rating are Opposition Bloc leader Yuriy Boyko, 9.7%, opposition MP Vadym Rabynovych, 9.5%, and Self-Reliance leader Andriy Sadovyy, 4.9%.

KIIS director-general Volodymyr Paniotto noted that until presidential candidates are actually registered, these ratings are only notional and are limited by the list of options offered to respondents.

As far as political parties are concerned, the figures are as follows: Fatherland, 22.5%, Radical Party, 13.7%, Opposition Bloc, 12.4%, For Life, 10.3%, Civic Position, 9.4%, Petro Poroshenko Bloc-Solidarity, 6.6%, Self-Reliance, 6%, and Freedom, 5.8%.

The survey in the form of personal interviews polled 2,043 respondents in 110 population centres in Ukraine, except for Russia-annexed Crimea, on 5-21 February 2018. The margin of error does not exceed 3.3% for results close to 50%, 2.8% for results close to 25%, 2% for results close to 10%, and 1.4% for results close to 5%.