Yushchenko's Party Is Third In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- The People’s Union-Our Ukraine (NS-NU) of Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko is lagging behind two other parties, according to a poll by the Kiev Gorshenin Institute of Management Issues.

President Viktor Yushchenko addressing his party

28.72 per cent of respondents would back prime minister Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions (PR) in next month’s legislative election.

The Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc is second with 16.54 per cent, followed by Yushchenko’s NS-NU with 9.27 per cent, the People’s Self-Defence of Yury Lutsenko with 5.16 per cent, and the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) also with 5.16 per cent.

Support is lower for Volodymyr Lytvyn’s People’s Party, the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU), the Nataliya Vitrenko "People’s Opposition", and the "Veche" Party.

Ukrainian voters renewed the Supreme Council in March 2006.

The PR won 186 seats in the legislative branch, followed by the Tymoshenko Bloc with 129, the NS-NU with 81, the SPU with 33, and the KPU with 21 mandates.

Parties require at least three per cent of the vote to qualify for proportional representation seats in the Supreme Council.

In July, the "anti-crisis" coalition—which includes Yanukovych’s PR, Oleksandr Moroz’s SPU and the KPU—was formally announced.

In August, Yanukovych was confirmed as prime minister, while Yushchenko remained as president.

On Apr. 2, Yushchenko dissolved the Supreme Council and called an early ballot.

On May 27, Yushchenko and Yanukovych agreed to hold the election on Sept. 30.

On Jun. 28, NS-NU chairman Vyacheslav Kyrylenko and Lutsenko signed an agreement to create an alliance.

The deal, called the Declaration of the Unification of Democratic Forces, was made public on Jul. 5.

On Aug. 7, Yushchenko told a party caucus meeting that his bitter dispute with the prime minister is over and said his party is reunited with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, declaring, "The battle of the mediaeval chiefs has ended. This is what all the Ukrainian people have been waiting for. (...) Tymoshenko’s bloc is advancing alongside us, shoulder to shoulder. Our common victory depends on how we help each other and how we coordinate our work."

Polling Data

If the new elections to the Supreme Council took place today, what party or block of parties would you vote for?

Party of Regions (PR) - 28.72%

Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc - 16.54%

People’s Union-Our Ukraine (NS-NU) - 9.27%

People’s Self-Defence - 5.16%

Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) - 5.16%

Volodymyr Lytvyn’s People’s Party - 3.81%

Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) - 2.81%

Nataliya Vitrenko "People’s Opposition" - 2.31%

"Veche" Party - 1.90%

Other Party - 0.80%

Would Not Vote - 10.48%

Would Vote Against All - 6.52%

Difficult To Answer - 6.52%

Methodology: Interviews with 2,006 Ukrainian adults, conducted from Jun. 20 to Jul. 4, 2007. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

Source: Angus Reid