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Razumkov Center's poll: Nearly half of Ukrainians consider Tymoshenko opposition leader

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July 11, 2012, 11:44 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko shout slogans during a rally in front of Ukraine's high court on June 26, 2012 in Kyiv. Ukraine's high court postponed on June 26, 2012 to July 12 hearing the appeal of jailed Tymoshenko against her seven year jail sentence for abuse of power.
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About 40% of Ukrainians consider ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko to be the leader of the opposition, but if she does not participate in the elections the leader of the Front for Change Party, Arseniy Yatseniuk, should head the opposition.

According to the findings of the sociological poll conducted by the Razumkov Center, 39.4% of respondents described Tymoshenko as the leader of the Ukrainian opposition, 18.9% – Yatseniuk, 4% – leader of UDAR Party Vitali Klitschko, 3.3% – leader of Ukraine-Forward! Party Natalia Korolevska, 2.5% – leader of Communist Party of Ukraine Petro Symonenko, 1.8% – leader of Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union Oleh Tiahnybok, 1.1% – leader of the Civil Position Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko and 0.3% – former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko.

According to the poll, 62.5% of respondents know that the main opposition parties have decided to participate in the parliamentary elections under a single party list and that they will create a single list of candidates in majority districts.

At the same time 39.3% of Ukrainians say that if Tymoshenko does not participate in the elections, Yatseniuk should lead the opposition, 8.2% – Klitschko, 6.1% – Korolevska, 3.1% – Symonenko, 2.9% – Tiahnybok, 2.4% – Hrytsenko and 1.5% – Lutsenko.

While 34.1% said that after the elections all opposition parties should unite into one faction, 16.6% said that different opposition factions should just coordinate their activity; and 38.7% of those polled are not interested in how the parliamentary opposition organizes its work.

At elections in majority districts, 27.7% of respondents are ready to vote for a single candidate from the united opposition; 17.3% – for candidate from the ruling party; 9.3% – for an independent candidate; for 28.2% respondents, the affiliation of the candidate with the government or opposition is not significant, and 17.6% failed to answer this question.

The poll was conducted by Razumkov Center from June 16 to June 25. 2,009 of respondents from 18 years old were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine. The poll's margin of error is 2.3%.

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