Pollster predicts 70% turnout for presidential election

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Dec. 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Sixty percent of respondents in a recent poll said they will definitely vote in the country's upcoming presidential election.

Sixty percent of respondents in a recent poll said they will definitely vote in the country's upcoming presidential election. The poll was carried out by the Oleksandr Yaremenko Institute for Social Research. Institute Chairwoman Olha Balakireva, while presenting the results of the survey, said at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday that expected turnout for the election remains very high. Six in ten respondents (60%) polled by the institute said that they would definitely vote, and a further 28% said that they would probably vote. According to the poll, only 3% of those polled will not participate in the vote, and 2% said that they would probably not vote, with 5% undecided about their intentions.

Balakireva said she is confident that the voter turnout for the presidential election in Ukraine will be at least 70%.

The nationwide survey was conducted from December 11-18. A total of 10,423 respondents from all Ukrainian regions, Kyiv and Crimea participated in the poll. The poll's margin of error does not exceed 1%.

The 2010 presidential election is set for Sunday, Jan. 17, with a second round (if no candidate receives at least 50% on Jan. 17) set for Sunday, Feb. 7.
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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2009, 9:31 p.m.    

That is a high turnout and demonstrates that democracy is alive and well in Ukraine. Even more impressive when you realize that this ballot, thanks to Yushchenko, is being held in the midst of Ukraine's bitter cold winter.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2009, 9:32 p.m.    

Ukrainians are keen to see Yushchenko removed from office.

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2009, 3:29 a.m.    

Yushchenko sucks

The only ones that would vote for him are the hell-bent nationalists, who would eagerly vote for Hitler himself, as long as it displeases Kremlin. It may be a good time to let the old austro-hungarian provinces in the northwest loose and liberate the rest of Ukraine of paranoia that is spread by "zapodnitsy". Austria-Hungary is a far cry from Ukraina! Go home banderlogi and take your Yushchenko back with you.

Time to think!

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