Tymoshenko presents election campaign platform, leads polls

2018/6/16 1:08:48

“Tymoshenko’s poll ratings have consistently improved, particularly at the expense of President Poroshenko. Grytsenko’s ratings also have consistently improved.”


KYIV, June 15, 2018 - Yulia Tymoshenko [pictured], the leader of the populist Fatherland party, presented this morning her election campaign platform, “Ukraine’s New Course: New Possibilities for Everyone,” Concorde Capital informed its clients in an online advisory. The presentation came at an all-Ukrainian forum attended by thousands of party members and various leaders of civil society. The program calls for the nation’s intellectual elite and creative class to participate directly in determining the nation’s new future course and adopting new approaches to its problems. She directly referred to U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program launched in 1933 as an example of the government overhaul she intends to pursue.

 

Tymoshenko remains the leading contender in the March 2019 presidential elections with 13.3% support, compared to 9.4% for former Defense Minister Anatoliy Grytsenko, 8.4% for the Russian-oriented Yuriy Boyko and 7.6% for Ukrainian President Poroshenko, according to a poll of 2,019 respondents conducted by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Fund and Razumkov Center think tanks between May 19 and 25.

 

Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party has the most support in the October 2019 parliamentary elections at 12.6%, compared to 10.7% for Grytsenko’s Civic Platform party, 8.5% for the Russian-oriented Opposition Bloc, 8.1% for the Russian-oriented For Life party, 7.9% for Oleh Liashko’s Radical Party and 7.8% for Poroshenko’s Solidarity party.

 

Concorde analyst Zenon Zawada added: “Tymoshenko’s poll ratings have consistently improved, particularly at the expense of President Poroshenko. Grytsenko’s ratings also have consistently improved. In our view, she needs a stronger lead ahead of her rivals going into the elections to prevent being the victim of vote falsification.

 

To expand her support base, campaign leaders said Tymoshenko will aim to expand her appeal beyond the poor and pensioners to young professionals and creative class members (age 30-35) by calling for their involvement in adopting new approaches in government and business and creating new opportunities.

 

Given that no other candidate has appealed to this electorate (and might not even be capable of doing so), Tymoshenko might have a shot at appealing to these younger voters. But so far, her image is largely associated with the post-Soviet generation of oligarchs that ruined the country. And it’s worth noting that Tymoshenko has previously tried to unravel similar programs (the Ukrainian Breakthrough of 2007) that went nowhere.

 

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For more information, link here: www.concorde.ua 

 

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