Parliamentarian Poroshenko leads among potential presidential candidates in Ukraine with 24.9% - poll
The poll, where results were presented on Wednesday by the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, showed that 24.9% of the respondents are willing to vote for Poroshenko in the presidential elections, 8.9% for UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko, 8.2% for Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko, 7.3% for Party of Regions parliamentarian Serhiy Tihipko, and 4.2% for former Kharkiv regional administration head Mykhailo Dobkin.
Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko may expect support from 3.6% of the voters, Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko from 3.5%, parliamentarian Anatoly Hrytsenko from 3.2%, Svoboda party leader Oleh Tyahnybok from 1.7%, Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh from 0.9%, and Ukrainian Choice leader Viktor Medvedchuk from 0.4%.
When the respondents were asked who, in their view, would be elected president regardless of their preferences, 23.6% mentioned Poroshenko, 8.8% Tymoshenko, 6.6% Klitschko, 3.6% Tihipko, and 0.9% Symonenko.
The poll indicates that Poroshenko is almost certain to proceed to the second round of the elections and that Klitschko, Tymoshenko, and Tihipko have virtually equal chances to do so.
If Poroshenko and Klitschko compete in the second round, the former candidate may expect 42.9% of the vote and the latter 15.3%.
If Tymoshenko makes it to the second round, Poroshenko would garner 46.3% and Tymoshenko 11.6%.
If Poroshenko has to compete with Tihipko in the second round, he would get 50.8% of the vote, and the Party of Regions candidate 14.4%.
The survey, in which each of the four sociological services polled 1,550 respondents, was conducted in all regions of Ukraine (excluding Crimea) on March 14-19.
Voice of Russia, Interfax