Experts have called President Viktor Yanukovych the most popular politician of 2010, according to an expert poll conducted by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF), UKRINFORM reported.

DIF director Iryna Bekeshkina told reporters that second and third positions, as poll found, are taken by chief of the Presidential Administration Serhiy Liovochkin and leader of the Svoboda party (Freedom) Oleh Tiahnybok. "This is a very interesting trend," she pointed out.

Meanwhile, according to Bekeshkina, least successful politician this year, as experts believe, is the leader of the Batkivshchyna party (Fatherland) Yulia Tymoshenko, former President Viktor Yushchenko, Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Tihipko.

According to the survey, successful shifts in the country and the positive steps in the international arena are getting the action plan for establishing a visa-free regime of travels with EU countries for Ukraine, preserving the right to host UEFA EURO 2012, as well as public protests of entrepreneurs as a manifestation of social consciousness.

At the same time, the DIF director noted that a series of steps made by Ukraine this year were evaluated negatively by the experts. Among these are: the concentration of power in the hands of one political force, the shortcomings in the conduct of local elections and the use of force in parliament.

The Results 2010 survey was held from 15 to 23 December with 45 Ukrainian experts interviewed.

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