Ukraine’s politicians remain unpopular. The ruling Petro Poroshenko Bloc would only narrowly squeak into the Verkhovna Rada parliament in snap elections, according to a poll by KIIS in December, scoring 5.8% (11.9% if you only count voters would said they would actually vote), just above the 5% threshold.
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party remains the leader, but also scores poorly with 8.6% (18.3%) of the vote. The anti-establishment votes of ‘deface the ballot’, ‘won’t vote’ and ‘not decided’ together make up 53.1% of the total.
Meanwhile, Tymoshenko would win the president’s race in new elections. The firebrand opposition leader’s fortunes have risen as public frustration grows at the lack of progress in the country since the pro-Moscow regime of president Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in February 2014.
Following the EuroMaidan protests Tymoshenko looked like a spent force, but her relentless popularist rhetoric has gained in appeal as President Petro Poroshenko has failed to deliver on change and has largely kept the corrupt oligarchic system in place. Tymoshenko would take 9.3% of the vote (and 18.1% if you only count voters would said they would actually vote in the poll) against Poroshenko’s 6.4% (12.5%).