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Poll: Yanukovych's rating drops to Yushchenko's level in middle of term

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Aug. 28, 2012, 12:20 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Public support for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has dropped by three times as of the middle of the president's term, and the number of people unsatisfied with his performance has doubled, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation along with the sociological service of the Razumkov Center.
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Public support for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has dropped by three times as of the middle of the president's term, and the number of people unsatisfied with his performance has doubled, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation along with the sociological service of the Razumkov Center.

According to a posting on the Web site of the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia Ukraine weekly, 12.6% Ukrainians completely support Yanukovych, while 47% people don't. The same poll in May 2010 showed that 40% Ukrainians supported Yanukovych, while 23% respondents opposed him.

Thus, the population's support of the incumbent president has dropped by three times, while the number of his opponents has doubled.

Third Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko also lost supporters by the end of his presidential term. In particular, in February-May 2005 some 47% respondents supported him, while 27% didn't. In the middle of his presidential term, Yuschenko had 15% support and 49% opposed.

In addition, the poll showed that Ukrainians don't approve of the principles of work of the parliament and the government. Only 4% respondents completely support the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, and 7% support the Cabinet of Ministers, while 54% and 48% respectively oppose the parliament and the government.

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