Couple of interesting O.P.'s from today's "Segodnya"
The majority of Ukrainians - 75,1%, approve of neutral status for Ukraine; 9,8% are against, 15,2% had difficulty answering.
62,3% of respondents are in favor of conducting a referendum on the entry of Ukraine into NATO, 24,9% against such a referendum, 12,8% had difficulty answering.
The O.P. indicated that overall, 56% of Ukraine's citizens would be against the entrance of Ukraine in NATO, 21,6% for the enty into the alliance, 8,3% would not participate in any referendum on this question.
Another O.P. in the Akhmetov-controlled 'Segodnya' reveals that Tymosenko's ratings are improving.
If elections were to take place on 2nd March, according to the O.P. 36,4% of those polled would vote for BYuT, 28,8% for Party of Regions, 8,7% for NUNS, 6,5% for the Communists, 5% for Lytvyn's block, 10,3% against all.
If presidential elections were to take place next Sunday, 26,8% expressed a readiness to vote in favour Tymoshenko, 20,3% for Viktor Yanukovych, 9,9% Viktor Yushchenko, 3,8% for Volodymyr Lytvyn, and 3,6% for Petro Symonenko.
Despite Tymoshenko's undoubted popularity, speculation is increasing that her hold on the premiership may be tentative - just 15 more NUNS deputies have to be found in order that their party withdraws from the ruling BYuT/NUNs VR coalition. This would enable a grand PoR/NUNS coalition to be formed, and drive BYuT into opposition again. Politicians do take notice of opinion polls. Figures like those above will give those thinking of jumping ship pause for thought.
LEvko considers head of presidential secretariat Viktor Baloha is possibly being set up to take the blame and could be easily discarded if the campaign to shove out Tymoshenko stalls or fails.
'Dzerkalo Tyzhnya' runs a detailed article exposing Baloha's alleged involvement in corrupt land and property deals in his home town of Mukacheve, but Baloha does have serious 'krysha' in the security services [SBU]. Yushchenko's employment of such a doubtful character does him no credit.