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If presidential elections in Ukraine were held in the middle of June 2018, Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko would receive the most votes, followed by Civil Position Party leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko and Opposition Bloc leader Yuriy Boiko, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Rating Sociological Group.
Some 16% of respondents said they would vote for Tymoshenko, 11.7% for Hrytsenko and 10.5% for Boiko, according to poll results, according to which showman Volodymyr Zelensky would receive 9.3%, with Radical Party leader Oleh Liashko, musician Sviatoslav Vakarchuk and acting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko receiving 8.6%.
Some 52% of those polled said they would not vote for Poroshenko under any circumstances, with 30% saying the same of ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Liashko’s anti-rating was 23.8%, followed by Boiko with 23% and Tymoshenko with 20.8%.
Some 66% of those polled said they thought the presidential elections would not be free and fair, with only 12% believing the opposite. Some 22% had difficulty answering the question. Almost 64% favored punishing candidates who will give “material assistance” to people in exchange for votes, while 23% are not against receiving “material assistance.”
The survey was carried by means of face-to-face interviews from June 14 to June 24, 2018. Some 2,500 Ukrainian citizens over the age of 18 comprising a representative sample by sex, region and type of residence took part in the survey, which has a margin of error of no more than 2%.

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Ukrainians do not see obvious leaders among candidates for the post of Ukraine’s president, and the rating of major politicians is rather low, according to a nationwide poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation in May 2018. According to the results of the survey that were made public at a press conference in Kyiv, Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko (13.3%) has greatest support among the respondents who plan to take part in the elections, while the level of her support differs little depending on the regions. Civil Position Party leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko (9.4% of respondents) is in second place, enjoying the highest rating in the western and central regions of the country. A co-chairman of the Opposition Bloc faction, Yuriy Boiko (8.4%), is in third place, and he is mostly supported in the eastern, southern regions and Donbas.
The rating of incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko is somewhat higher in the west of the country and lower in the east and stands at 7.6%. Some 7.4% of respondents would vote for Radical Party leader Oleh Liashko. His positions, according to the survey, are somewhat stronger in the central and southern regions of Ukraine.
According to the survey, the majority of Ukrainian citizens (68%) plan to take part in presidential elections, while 17% definitely do not want to do it, and the rest were undecided.
The survey was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the sociological service of the Razumkov Center from May 19 to May 25, 2018 in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of 2,019 respondents aged over 18 years were interviewed. The poll’s margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.

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