2012 Survey Shows Pessimism, Indecision Ahead of Ukraine’s October Elections
From April 12-26, 2012, IFES placed several questions pertaining to party preference on a Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) omnibus poll conducted in Ukraine ahead of the parliamentary elections in late October.
Results indicated that President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions received the most support with 20 percent. Second was Batkivishina, led by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, with 12 percent. However, the plurality of respondents (30%) said it was “difficult to say” who they would vote for if elections took place the following weekend. A sizable number (20%) of respondents say they would not vote.
The study also found significant differences in political apathy and voter preference between regions. Intent to vote was especially high in Kyiv and western Ukraine compared to other regions.
Additionally, the survey found that voter attitudes are pessimistic. The majority of Ukrainians believe the upcoming parliamentary elections will not be free and fair. Interestingly, there is variance in voter attitudes between parties and regions, as detailed in the survey results.
To learn more, read the executive summary of the April poll.