Zelensky’s approval rating slips to fresh low

20 December 2021, 11:11 AM

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky’s approval rating has hit a new low, a recent opinion poll shows.  

Zelensky’s popularity with voters has plummeted from the 73 percent that brought him a landslide victory in the 2019 presidential elections.

Now only about 17 percent of Ukrainians would vote for the incumbent president in the next elections, according to a new poll published by SOCIS sociological think tank on Dec. 20.

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His closest contender is former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (13 percent), followed by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (almost 9 percent). About 8 percent of Ukrainians would vote for pro-Russian candidate Yuri Boiko.

Worse for Zelensky, he is now the most disliked potential presidential candidate in Ukraine: about 33 percent of the survey participants stated that they would not vote for him under any circumstances.

Some 29 percent would never cast their vote for Poroshenko and 23 percent could not envisage ever supporting Boiko.  Earlier, Poroshenko was the most disliked politician in the country – in July, his public disapproval rating reached 45 percent.

The SOCIS survey was carried out in mid-December via phone interviews. Over 2,000 people from all over Ukraine, excluding the Russian-occupied parts of the country, were polled.

SOCIS is co-owned by Ihor Hryniv, an ex-member of Petro Poroshenko’s political party and a former political advisor of the ex-president.

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