With the 2006 parliamentary elections approaching, Ukrainian sociologists and political analysts are becoming growingly active in studying the electorate's mood, Cabinet's press office reported.

Recently, the Fund Democratic Initiatives and the Ukrainian Sociology Service carried out an opinion poll, in which they questioned a thousand respondents, who represented Kyiv City's adult population aged from eighteen up.

According to Iryna Bekeshkina of the Democratic Initiatives, the sample's statistical bias did not exceed 3.5 percent, that is, was within the norm.

As the returns showed, 65 percent of Kyiv City respondents intend to go to the polls.

If the elections were held on Sunday, October 16, the Bloc of Yulia Timoshenko would likely collect 26.8 percent of the votes.

The BYuT was followed by the People's Union "Our Ukraine, led by Roman Bezsmertnyi and Yuri Yekhanurov (9.4 percent), Volodymyr Lytvyn's People's Party of Ukraine (7.6 percent), the Socialist Party (Oleksandr Moroz, 5.5 percent), the Regions Party (Victor Yanukovych, 5.1 percent).

The Communist Party (Petro Symonenko) would be pretty close to clearing the 3 percent barrier (2.7 percent).

The remainder of political parties were unlikely to reach even the 2 percent mark.

It should be noted that 30 percent of the Kyiv pollees were hesitant at the time the poll was carried out, so every political force might count on recruiting more supporters.

According to Ukrainian Sociology Service director Oleksandr Vyzhniak, he and his team particularly focused on the Kyiv Mayor election.

The incumbent mayor, Oleksandr Omelchenko emerged the obvious winner of the imitation race, having been supported by 17.3 percent, though this result could be justly regarded as dwarfed by his landslide in the previous election, when he was supported by 76 percent of the metropolitan electorate.

Oleksandr Omelchenko was followed by Mykola Tomenko (11.8 percent), Leonid Chernovetskiy (11.1 percent), Vitaliy Klichko (10.1 percent).

However, as many as 26 percent of Kyiv adult residents were hesitant in their preferences.

Some of these (10 percent) noted they would like to vote for some other candidates.

According to Democratic Initiatives director Ilko Kucheriv, in the Kyiv electorate's opinion, Yuliya Tymoshenko's activity correspondents to the Maidan ideals more than any other political figures'.

Tymoshenko was ahead of Victor Yushchenko (24 percent), Yuri Lutsenko (23 percent), Mykola Tomenko (20 percent), Oleksandr Zinchenko (19 percent).

Over a quarter of the pollees (25.5 percent) believe that Petro Poroshenko has betrayed the Orange Revolution's ideals.

Six percent accused Victor Yushchenko of betrayal, and as many as 24 percent believe that both Yushchenko and Tymoshenko are traitors.

As many as 24 percent of the pollees said that they would be ready to participate in demos of protest in support of "Lady Yu."


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