19 Jun 2019 18:53

Zelensky's party may get nearly half of votes in elections to Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada - poll

KYIV. June 19 (Interfax) - If parliamentary elections were held in Ukraine next Sunday, five parties could garner enough vote to win parliamentary seats, with President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party leading by a large margin, the Sociological Group Rating said.

In presenting the findings of a public opinion poll of 2,000 respondents aged 18 and older which it conducted on June 8 to 12, the Sociological Group Rating said 47.1% of those who are determined to vote and who have decided for whom to vote (or 34.5% of all respondents) would prefer the Servant of the People party.

Another 11.1% (8%) would vote for Opposition Platform - For Life led by Yuriy Boiko, 8.1% (6%) for the Holos (Voice) party led by Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, 7.3% (5.2%) for the Batkivshchyna party led by Yulia Tymoshenko, and 5% (3.6%) for the European Solidarity party led by ex-President Petro Poroshenko.

The party Power and Honor led by former Ukrainian Security Service chief Ihor Smeshko could be supported by 4.1% of those who have decided for whom to vote and would go to polling stations (3% of all respondents), and so it might theoretically overcome the 5% election threshold as well.

The Civic Position party led by Anatoliy Hrytsenko would be supported by only 2.2%, and the Radical Party of Oleh Lyashko and Svoboda led by Oleh Tyahnybok by 2.1% of committed voters each (or by only 1.6% of all respondents).

As many as 1.9% of committed voters (1.4%) would cast their ballots for the Ukrainian Strategy party led by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, 1.8% (1.3%) for the Opposition Bloc, and 1.2% (0.8%) for Samopomich led by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy.

All other political forces would garner under 1% of the vote, the poll found.

The election threshold for parties running in parliamentary elections in Ukraine is 5%.