Support For Yushchenko Below 30% In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Few Ukrainian adults express satisfaction with their president, according to a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation. 27.9 per cent of respondents approve of Viktor Yushchenko’s performance.

Viktor Yushchenko praying

Yushchenko, candidate for the People’s Union-Our Ukraine (NS-NU), won the December 2004 presidential election with 51.99 per cent of the vote in an unprecedented third round against Viktor Yanukovych.

In March 2006, Ukrainian voters renewed the Supreme Council. In July, the "anti-crisis" coalition—which includes the Party of Regions (PR), the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) and the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU)—was formally announced.

In August, PR leader Yanukovych was confirmed as prime minister.

In a Feb. 9 interview with a German television channel, Yushchenko expressed certainty about Ukraine’s eventual accession into the European Union (EU), declaring, "I believe it will (happen). I am sure it will."

Polling Data

Do you approve or disapprove of Viktor Yushchenko’s performance as president?

Approve - 27.9%

Disapprove - 61.3%

Not sure - 11.9%

Public Opinion Foundation interviews to 2,000 Ukrainian adults, conducted from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2007. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

Source: Angus Reid Global Monitor