Ukraine’s Ruling Party Support Trails Opposition, Survey Shows

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s party approval fell behind the main opposition group for the first time in at least 20 months after the imprisonment of his long-time rival, Yulia Tymoshenko.

The ruling Party of the Regions had a 13.9 percent support in December, compared with 16.6 percent three months earlier and 39.1 percent in April 2010, the Razumkov Center for Economic and Political Studies, based in the capital Kiev, said today in an e-mailed statement.

Tymoshenko’s party saw its rating rise to 15.8 percent from 13.8 percent.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for next October.

Tymoshenko, 51, a former prime minister, was sentenced to seven years in prison in October for her role in signing a 10- year gas supply and transit agreement with Russia as the head of the government in 2009.

She denied any wrongdoing and said Yanukovych engineered the case to eliminate her from elections next year.

More than 55 percent of respondents believe Yanukovych and his associates are resorting to political repression, the Razumkov Center’s poll found.

The survey of 2,008 voting-age Ukrainians was conducted Dec. 9-16 and had a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.

Source: Business Week


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