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The Servant of the People Party remains in the lead in the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, scheduled for July 21, says the latest poll by the Rating sociological group.

In the tested field of 2,500 eligible voters, of those who intend to vote and have made up their mind, 49.5% choose the Servant of the People Party.

In a tight race, four other political forces are expected to clear the 5% threshold make it to the Verkhovna Rada, such as the pro-Russian Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya (For Life) Party with 10.5%, the European Solidarity Party led by former President Petro Poroshenko  with 7.7%, the Batkivshchyna Party led by Yulia Tymoshenko with 6.9%, and Okean Elzy frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk's Holos (Voice) Party with 5.9%.

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At the same time, ex-SBU chief Ihor Smeshko's Strength and Honor Party and the Opposition Bloc – Party for Peace and Development chaired by Boris Kolesnikov do not hit 5%, stopping short at 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, Rating says.

Other political forces running for parliament rank below 3%.

The poll was conducted on July 13-17. Error margin is within 2.0%.