Ukrainian Boxing Champion Klitschko Leads in Presidential Poll

Ukrainian boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko, an opposition leader, is leading an opinion poll for the country’s 2015 presidential election.

Klitschko was backed by 15.9 percent of Ukrainians in a May 21-30 survey of 2,030 eligible voters by the International Institute of Sociology, based in the capital, Kiev. His support rose 7 percentage points from June 2012, the institute said in an e-mailed statement today.

President Viktor Yanukovych had 14.3 percent backing, down 3 percentage points, according to the statement. The survey had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

About 18.1 percent of voters would vote against all candidates, according to the poll.

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