Most Ukrainians do not want politician for prime minister

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March 1, 2010, 4:39 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukraine needs a professional premier, who will implement unpopular reforms, the Kyiv Gorshenin Institute of Management Issues said in comment on a recent poll. The opinion is shared by the overwhelming majority of respondents (81.7%). Some 68.4% said that Ukraine needed such a prime minister for sure, and 13.3% said they were inclined to that opinion.

A total of 5.9% of the respondents said that Ukraine needed a politician for prime minister, who would be guided with voters' opinion and hold a populist policy for winning the next election. Some 3.4% said they would probably prefer that, and another 2.5% said they were positive of that need. Some 12.4% of the respondents failed to answer the question.

Over a half of the respondents (59.1%) said that the president's powers must be broadened.

Only 10.7% called for reducing presidential powers, and 8.1% said Ukraine did not need a president at all. Some 22.1% found it difficult to answer the question.

The institute polled 1,000 respondents older than 18 in all Ukrainian regional centers, Kyiv and Sevastopol on February 20-22. The respondents were chosen by region, gender and age. The representation error does not exceed 3.2%.
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