Some 60% of Ukrainians have named President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the politician of the year, while Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi ranked second with 10% of the votes.
Ukrainians were invited to independently name the candidate whom they consider to be the politician of 2022.
Zelenskyy maintains a leading position after being elected to the post of president in 2019. A total of 46% of respondents considered him the politician of the year in 2019, 15% in 2020, and 17% in 2021.
In the current rating, about 2% of respondents named Oleksiy Arestovych, advisor to the President’s Office, MP from the European Solidarity Party Petro Poroshenko, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba as politicians of the year.
Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Mykhailo Podolyak and volunteer Serhiy Prytula received 1% of the votes each.
The majority of respondents in all regions of Ukraine, mainly in the west, named Zelenskyy as the politician of the year. The incumbent president also received more votes among young people.
The survey was conducted through the face-to-face interviews from Dec. 21, 2022 to Jan. 3, 2023. A total of 2,017 people were polled in all regions of Ukraine, except for in the Russian-occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, Kherson and Mykolayiv oblasts, and Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.
Zaluzhnyi has been in charge of the Ukrainian army since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February 2022. During this time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have achieved significant results, preventing invading Russian forces from capturing Kyiv, as well as liberating a significant part of Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts in September and November last year.