Nearly a quarter of Ukrainian citizens are ready to support Petro Poroshenko in the presidential elections on May 25, according to a survey conducted by the Socis Centre for Social and Marketing Research, Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), the Rating Sociological Group and the Razumkov Centre and presented on Wednesday by the Committee of Voters of Ukraine (CVU).
According to the poll, 24.9% of respondents are ready to vote for Ukrainian MP Poroshenko. UDAR Party leader Vitali Klitschko is in second place (8.9%), and Batkivschyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko is third (8.2%). Some 7.3% of voters are ready to support Regions Party MP Sergiy Tigipko, and 4.2% are ready to back former Kharkiv Regional Governor Mykhailo Dobkin. Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko can count on support from 3.6% of the electorate and Ukrainian Radical Party leader Oleh Liashko - 3.5%. Some 3.2% of respondents are ready to support Ukrainian MP Anatoliy Hrytsenko, 1.7% Svoboda leader Oleh Tiahnybok, 0.9% Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh, and 0.4% Ukrainian Choice leader Viktor Medvedchuk. Respondents were also asked who, in their opinion, despite their sympathies, would be the future president. The most likely winner of the presidential elections is Poroshenko (23.6%), followed by Tymoshenko (8.8%), Klitschko (6.6%), Tigipko (3.6%) and Symonenko (0.9%). According to the survey, it is already possible to speak confidently about Poroshenko's participation in the second round of the elections and almost equal opportunities to continue the electoral race for three candidates - Klitschko, Tymoshenko and Tigipko. If Poroshenko and Klitschko reach the second round, the first candidate can count on 42.9% of the vote and the second on 15.3%. If Poroshenko and Tymoshenko win through to the second round, the former will garner 46.3% of the vote and the latter 11.6%. If Poroshenko and Tigipko advance to the second round, 50.8% of respondents will vote for the first candidate and 14.4% for the second. The survey was conducted on March 14-19 among Ukrainians aged over 18. A total of 6,200 respondents were interviewed (1,550 respondents for each of the sociological centers) in all regions of Ukraine (excluding the population of Crimea).