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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko could be in trouble for re-election in the upcoming 2019 presidential poll.
Nearly 50 percent of Ukrainians won’t vote for Poroshenko under any circumstances, according to the poll, which was conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, the Razumkov Center, and the Rating Group sociological organization. That gives Poroshenko the highest “anti-ranking” of any candidate.
The poll shows presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko, who heads the Batkivshchyna (“Fatherland”) political party, leading in the presidential race. Nearly 20 percent of respondents who have already decided and plan to vote support her, wrote the Kyiv Post.
Volodymyr Zelensky, an actor, is in 3rd place in the polls, although he has not declared his candidacy, followed by Poroshenko.
Poroshenko has been heavily criticized for not doing enough to crack down on corruption in the former Soviet republic; many analysts believe Poroshenko himself is involved in illegal dealings.
According to the poll, Ukrainians consider peace, stability, and order to be three major conditions that the country is currently lacking. They view economic decline, the mass migration of Ukrainians abroad, and poverty as the most significant threats to Ukraine. Respondents also named Russia’s war against Ukraine and corruption as the most important issues for the country, added Kyiv Post.