Analysts say exit poll results favor Tymoshenko win on Feb. 7

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Jan. 17, 2010, 10:53 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters


Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich led in a presidential poll on Sunday, followed by Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, two exit polls showed, indicating both now pass to a second round of voting on Feb. 7.

The exit polls showed Tymoshenko trailed Yanukovich between 4-10 percent -- a smaller margin than in the last opinion polls to have been carried out at the start of the year.

The following are analysts' comments and interpretation of the results.


"If these results reflect reality, then Tymoshenko has a very good chance of winning in the second round. Yanukovich received close to the maximum level of support and he never exceeded 40 percent. There is a high level of distrust of him.

"The votes for (incumbent Viktor) Yushchenko and (former foreign minister and presidential candidate Arseniy) Yatsenyuk will go to Tymoshenko entirely."


"There were no surprises -- the troika of leaders (to have led the polls) had been predicted. But Tymoshenko, as before, managed to gain additional votes literally in the last days and hours. Opinion polls had showed a difference of 10 percent.

"Yanukovich is the favourite in the second round, but without the advantage that had been previously expected. The intrigues continue."


"The results showed that the main predictions were fulfilled and the unexpected did not happen. The gap between the candidates leaves a chance for each of them to win in the second round."


"The key poll is the Democratic Initiatives one (that shows a difference of about 4 per cent). Yanukovich's strategy was to knock her out in round one with a big lead. Clearly that has not paid off by any means. Most of the other candidates look like breaking in her favour. He's not got the reserves left."
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Anonymous Jan. 18, 2010, 8:42 a.m.    

The key poll is the Democratic Initiatives one (that shows a difference of about 4 per cent).

Looks like Wilson got that one completely wrong. Why did he chose the one rogue poll that favoured Tym?

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Anonymous Jan. 18, 2010, 10:04 a.m.    

Even with a lead of 10% Viktor Fedorovych is in trouble for the second round because he stands to pick up only the communist voters while Yulia Volodymyrivna will pick up most of the other candidates' votes.

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Anonymous Jan. 18, 2010, 10:19 a.m.    

I don't know I am a Communist and I will vote for her.

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