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Poll: Some 70% of Ukrainians dissatisfied with PM Yatsenyuk

Most of Ukrainians — 55.2% — also disapprove of the activity of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

KIEV, March 3. /TASS/. A total of 68.3% of the population of Ukraine are dissatisfied with the work of the country’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, suggest the results of a poll conducted by the Sofia Social Research Center.

"The work of Arseniy Yatsenyuk is ‘totally disapproved’ or ‘rather disapproved’ by 68.3% of those polled. His work is approved to a greater or lesser degree by 26.1% of respondents (with 5.6% undecided)," the report says.

Most of Ukrainians — 55.2% — also disapprove of the activity of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. However, the prime minister’s work is criticized with "particular severity," the poll authors say.

The poll was conducted in the period from February 18 to 20 among 3024 respondents above 18 years of age.

Previous reports said that the Kiev-based Gorshenin Institute think tank conducted a poll in late February, according to which, 97.2% of Ukrainians mistrusted head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Natalya Gontareva. And 70.53% of respondents disapproved of the work of the country’s president, the poll suggests.

According to previous Ukrainian mass media reports, Yatsenyuk had agreed to step down to be succeeded by the current Minister of Finance, Natalie Jaresko who will form a "technocratic government." Later on, the pro-presidential and pro-premier factions in the parliament dismissed these allegations.

On February 16, Ukraine’s parliament recognized the work of the Yatsenyuk government as unsatisfactory but failed to send it to resignation. A no-confidence vote was supported by 194 lawmakers whereas at least 226 votes are needed to pass a resolution. Following the abortive voting, the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) faction and several lawmakers from the pro-presidential Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc faction withdrew from the coalition. The Samopomoshch (Self-Help) faction followed the lead on the next day leaving the coalition with only 215 votes which are not enough to take majority-vote decisions.