A third of Ukrainian residents are happy with the performance of President Petro Poroshenko, and 58 percent disapprove, according to a poll conducted by Research & Branding Group.
Twenty-four percent approve of the work of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and 68 percent say the opposite. The approval rating of Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Hroysman is 23 percent, and 62 percent are discontented.
If the presidential elections were held this March, they would have been won by Poroshenko with 19.2 percent of the vote. The other top three members are Batkivshchyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko (5.3 percent) and Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko (5 percent). Civil Position leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko can count on 4.2 percent of the vote, Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok and Mighty Ukraine leader Serhiy Tihipko on 2.1 percent each, and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk on 1.7 percent. A total of 6.3 percent of the respondents chose other politicians, 10.1 percent rejected all candidates, 20.1 percent said they would not vote, and 23.9 percent were undecided.
The Petro Poroshenko Bloc backed by 13.2 percent of voters is the party ranking leader. Other parties that may pass the hypothetical election threshold this March are Samopomich (8 percent), the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko (5.7 percent), Batkivshchyna (5.6 percent) and Opposition Bloc (5.3 percent). Some 4.4 percent of respondents prefer the Right Sector (an organization outlawed in Russia), 2.7 percent Svoboda, 2.5 percent People's Front, and 5.4 percent other political forces altogether. Some 23.1 percent of the respondents said they would not vote, and 24.1 percent were hesitant.
The poll of 1,501 respondents was held across the country excluding Crimea and the Donetsk and Lugansk regions on March 6-16. The margin of error is around 3 percent.
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