Poroshenko holds comfortable lead in Presidential race


The Kyiv Post reports that Petro Poroshenko, the chocolate tycoon has increased his lead in the presidential election contest scheduled for 25th May.

The survey carried out by three think tanks and using an exceptionally large sample of 6,200 people but not including Crimea suggests that 33% of all respondents and 48.4% of those who planned to vote in the election would support Poroshenko. The new poll gives the businessman and Independent candidate an increase of 12.2% on last month’s result by the same pollsters. Part of the reason for the big leap may have been the withdrawal from the presidential race of former world boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko last month and a pledge by him to support Poroshenko.

The poll gives former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko 14%, an increase of 1.2% over the past month. The independent Serhiy Tihipko, although he is a member of the former ruling party, the Party of the Regions, is on 5.1% and the official candidate for the Party of the Regions, Mykhailo Dobkin, is on 4.2%.

The newspaper reports that around 58% of Ukrainians have indicated that they will vote despite the continuing crisis in the east of the country.

There are 23 candidates registered for the presidential poll on 25th May. If Poroshenko gets more than 50% of the vote then he will be elected in the first round, otherwise there will be a second round which will be held on 15th June.

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