Ukraine's opposition leader, former prime minister and leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party Yulia Tymoshenko retains her leading position among candidates for the 2019 presidential election in a new survey, conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) released on December 7.
If the presidential elections were to be held in November and the respondents could only choose from 37 candidates, then 11.9% (21.2% of those who have made up their minds) would vote for Tymoshenko, who was the first politician in the war-torn country to officially announce a bid in the 2019 presidential elections.
At the same time, 8.2% (14.6%) of the respondents would vote for showman Volodymyr Zelensky, 6.5% (11.6%) - for the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, 6.2% (11%) - for the leader of the Opposition Platform - For Life Yuriy Boyko.
4.9% (8.7%) would vote for the leader of the Radical Party Oleh Lyashko, 4.6% (8.2%) would support the leader of the Civil Position party Anatoliy Hrytsenko, and 2.1% (3.8%) would vote for the rock star and civil activist Sviatoslav Vakarchuk.
At the same time, 27.6% of the people polled could not make their choice, 9.3% decided not to take part in the vote, and 4.7% would strike off all the candidates or destroy their ballot, Interfax news agency reported on December 11.
The poll was conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology from November 23 to December 3, 2018. A total of 2,000 people were polled in 110 towns across Ukraine except for Crimea and the rebel-held territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The statistical error of the sampling is no more than 3.3% for figures close to 50%, 2.8% for figures close to 25%, 2% for figures close to 10%, and 1.4% for figures close to 5%.