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    Poroshenko's Rating Rocks Bottom, Pre-Maidan Yanukovych Had More Support

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    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has notably less public support than his ousted predecessor Viktor Yanukovych had before the Maidan revolution, a poll revealed on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Gallup, only 17 percent of people approve the job Poroshenko is doing, while Yanukovych, prior to the revolution in 2013, had an approval rating of 28 percent.

    "Poroshenko is not popular in any region of Ukraine. He has the fewest fans in the country's Russian-leaning South and East, where one in 10 or fewer approve of the job he is doing," Gallup's news release that accompanied the poll results reads, pointing out that people in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, who refused to recognize the regime change, were not polled due to security concerns.

    However, even in western, northern and central parts of the country Poroshenko's approval rating is only 21-22 percent.

    Poroshenko's rating has been plummeting since 2014, when 47 percent of the population expressed support for him in a similar poll.

    In 2013-2014, Kiev's central Independence Square, known as Maidan, witnessed months of pro-European protests sparked by Yanukovych's decision to reject the Ukraine–EU Association Agreement because of the deal's "unfavorable terms." A number of prominent figures from the Maidan protests later formed the new Kiev government after Yanukovych was ousted by parliament in February 2014 and had to flee, fearing for his life.

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