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Opinion poll: Ukraine’s incumbent president would win election if it were held next Sunday

January 31, 2014, 21:09 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, January 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s incumbent President Viktor Yanukovich would win presidential election with 19.8 percent of the vote if the election were held next Sunday, according to the results of public opinion polls the Socis centre for social and political studies published on Friday.

Yanukovich’s closest rival, the leader of the opposition party UDAR, Vitaliy Klitschko, would score 19.1 percent of the vote. Petr Poroshenko, a business tycoon and lawmaker, would win 10.5 percent of votes.

These three were followed by the leader of the opposition party Batkivshchina (Fatherland) faction in the parliament, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (6.3 percent), Communist leader Petr Simonenko (4.5 percent), and the leader of the nationalist party Svoboda (Freedom), Oleg Tyagnibok (3.6 percent).

If the list of candidates included former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko (instead of Arseniy Yatsenyuk), the voting results would be as follows: Viktor Yanukovich - 20.4 percent, Vitaliy Klitschko - 14.8 percent, Yulia Timoshenko - 14.6 percent, Petr Poroshenko - nine percent, Petr Simonenko - four percent, Oleg Tyagnibok - 3.2 percent.

More than 75 percent of the polled said they planned to take part in the presidential voting.

The opinion poll was conducted in the period from January 17 to January 26, 2014 in all Ukrainian regions by the method of personal interview at domicile.

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