Candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy continues to maintain his lead ahead of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, according to the latest polls by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, along with the Razumkov Center.
27.6% of respondents say they will vote for Zelenskiy, compared to 18.2% for Poroshenko and 12.8% for Tymoshenko.
Comedian-turned-presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy continues to lead opinion polls ahead of the March 31 election. Photo: UNIAN
Over 30 million Ukrainians are eligible to vote in the nation’s presidential election on March 31, in which will be a serious test for President Poroshenko who is struggling with accusations of corruption.
Ukraine’s central election commission registered a staggering 44 candidates – a new record for the fledgling democracy, however five candidates dropped out of the race since, reducing the number 39. One of the founders and leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine Oleksandr Moroz said on March 27 that he also wants to withdraw from the race branding it a "pseudo-democratic cover for the oligarchs' battles for power in favor of personal interests." However, he seems to be way past the March 7 deadline.
Experts have described the uncertain outcome of the election as an example of “true democracy.”