According to polling conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), the Party of Regions now holds an 8 percent lead over Vitaliy Klichko’s UDAR party and a 9 percent lead over the Batkivshina Party in the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
The data was drawn from a survey of 2,024 Ukrainian voters conducted 1-18 September 2012.
According to the polling data, the Party of Regions will receive 22 percent of Ukrainians’ votes, while Batkivshina projects to earn 13 percent and UDAR 14 percent. This represents a shift of votes toward UDAR, which had been in third place.
Some analysts claim that it might be the result of recent boost in popularity of UDAR’s leader Vitaliy Klichko due to his recent boxing victory, while others feel it is a tendency that would be proved by other polling results.
The Communist Party of Ukraine secured fourth place in the poll of electoral preferences, holding 9 percent of projected votes. Svoboda earned 4 percent of projected votes, while the party of Natalia Korolevska, Ukraine – Forward! is expected to earn 3 percent according to the poll. This means that Svoboda and Ukraine – Forward! would not overcome the 5 percent threshold for the October election, under the new system developed in Ukraine in conjunction with European election experts and officials.
Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) is a research centre of the Sociological Association of Ukraine. It is a member of the ESOMAR, the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research.