Comedian Zelensky remains frontrunner in Ukraine presidential race: Poll
Comedian, public figure and now leader of the Sluha Narodu (Servant of the People) Party Volodymyr Zelensky is still ahead of other presidential candidates in the 2019 race, according to a poll.
"Zelensky is in the lead among presidential candidates with 24.9% of all respondents willing to vote for him and those who intend to go to a polling station," according to a survey conducted by the Rating sociological group.
According to the findings of the poll, 18.8% of respondents support ex-PM and Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko, and 17.4% - incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.
Head of the Opposition Bloc Yuriy Boyko scored 10.2% of votes, leader of the Hromadianska Pozytsia (Civil Position) Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko 9.4%, leader of the Radical Party Oleh Liashko 5.8%, MP from the Opposition Bloc Oleksandr Vilkul 3.5%, self-nominee Ihor Smeshko 3.1%, and candidate from the Svoboda Party Ruslan Koshulynsky 2.2%.
The electoral positions of the leaders have not changed much over the past week.
The results of the survey showed that Zelensky had better positions among voters in the south, the east, and the center of the country; he is a leader of electoral ratings in cities. Tymoshenko and Poroshenko are leading in the west and the south, while Hrytsenko has the best positions in the west, and Boyko is leading in the east.
Zelensky is the leader among youths and middle-aged voters, while Tymoshenko - among older voters. Zelensky, Poroshenko, and Hrytsenko see higher support among male voters, while Tymoshenko - among female respondents.
The poll was conducted on March 9-15 through personal formalized (face-to-face) interviews. The sample population is represented by age (18 and older), gender, type of settlement, and region. Some 2,500 respondents were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 2%.