Slight Drop For Yushchenko In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Fewer adults in Ukraine are satisfied with Viktor Yushchenko, according to the Ukrainian Barometer released by Interfax. 58.5 per cent of respondents say they have confidence in their president, a 4.4 per cent drop since February.

Yushchenko won last December’s presidential election in Ukraine, with 51.99 per cent of the vote in an unprecedented third round against Viktor Yanukovych.

Yuschenko (l), Lytvyn (c) and Tymoshenko (r)

On Apr. 25, the president’s office issued a decree, establishing Ukraine’s goal of joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU). The document refers to NATO and the EU as the "guarantors of Europe’s security and stability."

The confidence rating is lower for Supreme Council speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn at 52.5 per cent, and prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko at 50.5 per cent.

In March, Yushchenko called for the formation of a single electoral coalition to contest next year’s parliamentary election. The group would conceivably include the president’s Our Ukraine (NU) party, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and the People’s Party of Lytvyn.

Polling Data

Do you have confidence in the following politicians? (Positive responses only)

President Viktor Yushchenko
Apr. 2005 - 58.5%
Feb. 2005 - 62.9%

Supreme Council Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn
Apr. 2005 - 52.5%
Feb. 2005 - 58.3%

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko
Apr. 2005 - 50.5%
Feb. 2005 - 50.4%

Methodology: Interviews to 1,798 Ukrainian adults, conducted from Mar. 30 to Apr. 8, 2005. No margin of error was provided.

Source: Ukrainian Barometer/Interfax