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Poll: Political forces of Tigipko, Yatseniuk, Communist Party in Top 5 of April rating of parties

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May 12, 2010, 5:26 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Regionally, the Regions Party has the greatest support in Ukraine's eastern (65%) and southern (51%) regions, and the lowest support in western Ukraine (12%) and central regions (18%).

The Regions Party and the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYT) have the largest number of supporters among all voters in Ukraine, 35.4% and 13.4% respectively, reads a press release of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on the results of a nationwide survey conducted on April 9-18. The next three positions are occupied by Sergiy Tigipko's Strong Ukraine Party (8.1%), the Bloc of Arseniy Yatseniuk (4.1%), and the Communist Party of Ukraine (2.5%).

Another four political parties have over 1% of supporters, in particular, Oleh Tiahnybok's Svoboda Union (1.4%), the Bloc of Volodymyr Lytvyn (1.3%), the Our Ukraine Party (1.1%) and the Bloc of Vitaliy Klychko (1.1%).

Among those surveyed, 22% are voters who are not ready to participate in the vote (those who do not want to vote or do not know whom they would vote for). Most of such voters live in the country's western regions (31%), and the smaller number are from eastern regions (11%).

Regionally, the Regions Party has the greatest support in Ukraine's eastern (65%) and southern (51%) regions, and the lowest support in western Ukraine (12%) and central regions (18%).

The Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko, quite the contrary, enjoys the greatest support in the west (21%) and the center (21%), and the lowest support in the east (3%) and the south (7%).

Tigipko's Strong Ukraine Party is mostly supported in central Ukraine (11%), and least supported in the west and south (7%). The lowest number of this party's supporters is from the east (5%).

The Bloc of Arseniy Yatseniuk has the greatest support in western regions (9%), and slightly lower support in central Ukraine (4%). The bloc enjoys the least support in southern and eastern regions (2%).

The Communist Party has the same support in the east and the south (4%). It has the smallest number of supporters in central regions (2%) and no support in the west (0%).

In addition, the Regions Party is supported by urban population (39%), rather than residents of villages (28%). The BYT, by contrast, has more support in rural areas (21%) than in urban areas (10%).

Tigipko's party has the same support in rural and urban areas (8%). Yatseniuk's bloc also has an equal number of supporters in villages (5%) and cities (4%).

The Communist Party has equally little support in rural (2%) and urban (3%) areas.

By age, the Regions Party is backed by retirees (41%) and people aged 45-49 (38%).

The BYT is more supported by people aged 45-49 (17%) and less by retirees (15%).

Tigipko's party has more supporters in the age category of 30-44 years (11%), and least of all retirees (5%).

Yatseniuk's bloc is almost equally supported by representatives of various age groups, with 5% of support from people aged 30-44 and 4.3% of support from other people.

The Communist Party has the greatest support among retirees (7%), and virtually no support among young people (18-29 and 30-44 years). There is also slight support for it among the age group of 45-49 years (2%).
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