Yanukovych, Tymoshenko equal chance of becoming president - poll

17:16, 24 December 2008
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All other election hopefuls lag far behind

Ukraine`s prime minister and the leader of the opposition pro-Russian Party of Regions have an equal chance of winning next years` presidential elections, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

The Public Opinion-Ukraine Foundation said that 30% of respondents indicated they would vote for opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko during the second round of presidential elections.

Media speculation reported that Ukraine would hold early elections after the impeachment of incumbent president, Viktor Yushchenko. The president has dismissed the reports as rumors.

More respondents said they would vote for Yanukovich than Tymoshenko, 20.7% against 17.9%, respectively, during the first round of voting.

All other election hopefuls lag far behind the two poll leaders. The poll was conducted December 7-20 in Ukraine among a sample of 2,000 respondents with a statistical margin of error of 2.2%.

RIA Novosti
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