New poll shows five parties likely to enter new parliament


A poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation in cooperation with Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and published in the Kyiv Post today suggests that five parties will be represented in the next parliament. A general election is due to be held on 28th October.

President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions (PR) comes top in the poll with 23.3% support. The Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Vitaliy Klychko (UDAR) would come second with 16% and Yulia Tymoshenko’s All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland”, currently fighting under the banner Batkivschyna United Opposition would get 15.1%.

The Communist Party of Ukraine would also win seats with 10.1% support and Svoboda would squeeze in to parliament with 5.1%.

The poll suggests that 24% of those interviewed had not yet made up their minds although 78% said that they expected to vote.

If the poll is to be believed then there has been a dramatic drop in support in the Batkivschyna United Opposition which was leading the polls with around 26% support in August. Support for the Party of the Regions appears to be static whilst UDAR has gone up around 5% in the past month.

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