Voters unhappy with choices, want jobs

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Dec. 17, 2009, 11:52 p.m. |

A regional view of voters preferences

As the first presidential election in five years approaches on Jan. 17, pollsters and experts warn that voters will be bombarded by a sea of skewed sociological survey results intended to sway their choices. Often, such bogus polls seek to persuade voters that their preferred candidate has no chance of making it into a second-round runoff on Feb. 7, thereby encouraging votes for one of the front-runners. With such spin doctoring at play, Ukrainians need reliable surveys. The graphs and tables show polls conducted on Nov. 21-29 by trusted sources. The surveys were conducted by U.S.-based International Foundation for Electoral Systems and financed by the United States Agency for International Development. The data are representative of the national population of Ukraine and have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent. All the interviews were conducted in Ukrainian and Russian by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2009, 2:50 p.m.    

Now this is the sought of article KP should be promoting. It shows clearly the decline of voter support in Yushchenko's presidency It also indicates who are the most likely to succeed candidates. ]]

30 days out Yanukovych looks set to win both rounds.

Game over

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2009, 3:18 p.m.    

Research and Branding's December poll is showing

V. Yanukovich 33.40%

Y. Timoshenko 16.60%

S. Tigipko 7.40%

A. Yatsenyuk 6.70%

V. Litvin 4.10%

V. Yuschenko 3.80%

P. Simonenko 3.40%

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2009, 8:58 p.m.    

The pro-Moscow anti-Ukrainian residents of Ukraine, which only account to a minimum, but with a lot of funds from Russia for their propaganda, really sabotaged Yushchenko's presidency. When a Moscow patsy can block the work of Parliament (Rada) for weeks and months simply for the hell of it, shows that he and his party do not care for Ukraine, they are doing the work of the FSU. The reason they are doing the FSU work is simple... the FSU has files that would uncover their criminal activity prior to and after Ukraine's independence. That's how Moscow/FSU works. they also have files like that on the European leaders that are cooperating with Moscow. Russian will be spoken in Berlin and Paris and Rome some day. Wait and see!

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Anonymous Dec. 19, 2009, 4:02 a.m.    

Yushchenko has only himself to blame for his own undoing. He represents a minor of Ukrainians, less then 5%.

If anything Yushchenko has undermined the success of the orange coalition setting back Ukraine;'s economic and democratic development 10 to 15 years.

His actions and policies are most certainly undemocratic

This poll, organised by the US think tank, is credible and reflects pretty much the same as a number of other polls. the main culprit for rigging the polls is Yushchenko and his team when they tried to make out that Yushchenko was on 9.5% and above Yulia Tymoshenko. It is a testament to the extent of false and misleading information coming out of the President's bunker.

with less then 30 days top go there is expected to be little change in the outcome.

R&B also published a running poll of voter intentions which shows a consolidation of the vote with a participation rate up to 87.8%. 7.8% undecided and 4.4% will not vote.

And a run-off ballot between Yanukovych (46.7%), Tymoshenko (30.0%) Against All (13.2%), Will not vote (3.6%) Undecided (6.5%)

Game over

Ukraine would have been better off if the head of state was elected by a constitutional majority of the peoples democratically elected parliament as is the case in the EU and Greece

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2009, 4:15 a.m.    

You are WRONG ...Yuschenko represented the MAJORITY of Ukrainians -his greatest unforgivable sin was that he broke his promise and DID NOT put the criminals (like Yanukovych and company) into jail but instead gave them AMNESTY even though he is NOT a judge and thus allowed them to regroup and continue extorting and terrorizing the economic health of Ukraine...and that is why the Majority has turned against him ! He is too SOFT, talks good but acts bad!

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Anonymous Dec. 20, 2009, 4:35 a.m.    

Spot on, something the pro Kremlin trolls on this forum dont get. Especially the ones who live on other continents, don't speak the language, and know nothing of the customs or history of Ukraine. In 6 months time, Ukrainians will be begging to have Yushchenko back!!

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2009, 3:24 p.m.    

Yushchenko has the worst stats of all the candidates. Every poll, except one, has him in a losing position. The only poll that placed him in third position was a poll conducted by the Office of the President's think tank. Looks like Yushchenko was trying to rig the polls again.

The question is can Yulia win over the electorate in between rounds? Yanukovych has been playing it low key and no doubts has kept his firepower for the big finale. Why would he come out punching now when he can afford to wait until all others are out of the ring. The one assurity is that he will be in the final round. Most likely facing Yulia for the title bout.

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Anonymous Dec. 18, 2009, 3:30 p.m.    

A vote for a minor candidate is a wasted vote. Anyone that has less then 14% support is not s serious contender. With 30 days remaining I would not be expecting any seismic shift in voter sentiment. Yulia remains a string 10 percentage points ahead of any other contender. That's a lot of ground to cover. Yushchenko is a dead duck president waiting to sink. It's impossible for him to make any head way. The positives and negatives graph tells a lot as does the instability chart.

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Anonymous Dec. 19, 2009, 4:42 a.m.    

What Yushchenko supported need to ask now is -

1. Do they really support Yushchenko's proposed constitutional reforms?.

2. Do they want Yanukovych as a president with absolute powers and absolute control over Ukraine's executive government, the parliament and the courts.

Or is Ukraine better off adopting a European Parliamentary democracy with proper checks and balances and fair democratic representation built in to the system?

The real debate on constitutional reform needs to state as soon as the presidential circus of clowns audition is over.

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