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Over 80% of Ukrainians do not trust Yushchenko – poll

Posted by Kris Roman on October 27, 2008


Ukrainians are rapidly losing trust in their president, Viktor Yushchenko, according to an opinion poll carried out by the Public Opinion-Ukraine foundation and published on Monday.

A total of 81.7% of respondents said they do not trust their leader. In January, the figure was 55.6%. The number of those who trust the president has fallen to 10.4% from January’s 34.8%.

The October poll showed that 67.6% of respondents did not approve of Yushchenko’s recent decree to dismiss parliament and call early elections. The move was supported by 17% of those polled.

Yushchenko signed the decree on October 9 and called early elections for December 7. However, he later suspended his decree due to the worsening financial crisis.

When asked who they would vote for if presidential elections were to be held tomorrow, 23% of respondents said they would vote for the current prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. The opposition pro-Russian Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych would gain 21.1%, and Yushchenko a mere 4.3%.

The nationwide survey was conducted from October 12-23. A total of 2,000 people were polled. The statistical margin of error is 2.2%.


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