Saturday, January 5, 2008

Ukrainian group releases exit poll results

A Ukrainian group with no clear history and uncertain sponsorship has released the evening's first exit polls, showing Saakashvili at just 24 percent. No major Georgian television stations aired their briefing.

Update: Imedi Radio is covering the Ukrainian exit poll, and a third exit poll done by a Polish group.

The results:
Levan Gachechiladze, opposition coaliition: 31%
Mikheil Saakashvili, incumbent: 24.4%
Badri Patarkatsishvili: 20.3%
Shalva Natelashvili: 12.4%
Davit Gamkrelidze: 7.3%
Gia Maisashvili: 0.6%
Irina Sarishvili: 0.1%
"Again everyone": 2.8%
"Refused to answer": 1.1%

Representatives of the group refused to provide verifiable information about their history. There is no reason to accept these results as credible; it remains to be seen if opposition candidates will cite them.

2 Comments:

At January 5, 2008 at 8:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see not only whether the opposition has the integrity to reject this farcical "poll," but also how the media covers it. It needs to be addressed with care.

 
At January 5, 2008 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your putting these numbers into a qualified perspective. While the numbers may hold true in the end it would shock me to have to believe that 1/5 of Georgia's voters have not been paying attention to the gamesmanship of Patarkatsishvili. 10%? Sure. I look forward to the second exit poll results.

The intrique you have created with the "mystery" of the pollsters could well prove to be the great fraud of the election! Juicy stuff!

 

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