Poll puts Zelenskiy well ahead in Ukraine president race

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A new public opinion poll shows comedian and political neophyte Volodymyr Zelenskiy with an enormous lead over the incumbent in the campaign for Ukraine’s presidency.

The poll released by the Reiting survey group found Zelenskiy with 61% support and President Petro Poroshenko with 24%.

The runoff election between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko is to be held April 21.

Reiting said the poll was based on answers from 3,000 respondents. It claimed a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points.

Zelenskiy, who has never held political office, is well-known for playing the role of Ukraine’s president in a TV situation comedy.

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