High Support for Party of Regions in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Party of Regions (PR) remains the top political organization in Ukraine, according to a poll by the Razumkov Center. 24.7 per cent of respondents would vote for the party headed by former prime minister Viktor Yanukovych in this year’s election to the Supreme Council.

Election 2006 front runner Yanukovych, according to poll data

The People’s Union-Our Ukraine (NS-NU) coalition of current president Viktor Yushchenko is second with 15.4 per cent, followed by the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc—which includes the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko—with 12 per cent. Support is lower for the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) and the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU), and the People’s Party of speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.

Ukrainian voters are set to renew their legislative branch on Mar. 26. In the 2002 ballot, Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine (NU) bloc received 23.6 per cent of the vote and elected 112 members to the 450-seat legislative branch. Parties require at least three per cent of the vote to qualify for proportional representation seats in the Supreme Council.

Yushchenko won the December 2004 presidential election in Ukraine, with 51.99 per cent of the vote in an unprecedented third round against Yanukovych. Last September, Yushchenko sacked his entire cabinet, substituting Tymoshenko with Dnipropetrovsk governor Yuri Yekhanurov.

On Jan. 10, the Supreme Council dismissed the government after 250 members backed a no-confidence motion following Yekhanurov’s decision to pay almost twice as much for Russian gas imports. Yushchenko has asked Ukraine’s Constitutional Court to review whether the actions of the lawmakers are legal.

Polling Data

Which party would you vote for in the next parliamentary election?

Party of Regions (PR) - 24.7%

People’s Union-Our Ukraine (NS-NU) - 15.4%

Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc - 12.0%

Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) - 4.6%

Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) - 4.6%

People’s Party - 3.0%

Nataliya Vitrenko "People’s Opposition" - 2.5%

Civil Coalition Pora-PRP - 1.2%

Kostenko-Plyushch Bloc - 0.7%

Oppositional bloc "Not Yes!" - 0.6%

Poll conducted by the Razumkov Center. Methodology: Interviews with 2,290 Ukrainian adults, conducted from Jan. 12 to Jan. 17, 2006. Margin of error is 2.1 per cent.

Source: Angus Reid