A recent survey says 31.8% of respondents would support incumbent Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky if presidential elections were set to be held in the near future.
That's among voters who intend to cast ballots and have already made up their choice, according to a poll conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).
Another 18.9% of those polled would vote for former President Petro Poroshenko, and 13.3% for the leader of the pro-Russian Opposition Bloc Party Yuriy Boyko.
Read alsoUkrainian political parties: fresh ratingsAnother 9.9% would cast ballots for leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party Yulia Tymoshenko, 6.8% for leader of the Syla i Chest' (Strength and Honor) Party Ihor Smeshko, 6% for leader of the Radical Party Oleh Liashko. Some 4.9% said they would vote for leader of the Hromadianska Pozytsia (Civil Position) Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko, and 2.3% for former MP Oleksandr Vilkul.
Other politicians have scored less than 6.1% all together.
Compared to Zelenky's rating in April, his approval rating fell by 10.8 percentage points (from 42.6% to 31.8%), while that of Poroshenko rose by four percentage points (from 14.9% to 18.9%).
The mechanics of the poll
- The survey was conducted on September 12-16 through computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) using a random selection of cell numbers.
- The sample is representative of the adult population (aged 18 and older). The survey was conducted in settlements across Ukraine with the exception of Russia-occupied Crimea and certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The study involved 2,000 respondents.
- The margin of error does not exceed 2.2% for indicators close to 50%, 2.1% for indicators close to 25%, and 1.4% for indicators close to 10%.
- The survey conducted on August 29-September 3 showed 44% of respondents trusted President Zelensky, while 51% distrusted.
- At the same time, a poll run on September 3-6 gave Zelensky 29% of support in potential elections.