Portugal Opposition Party’s Lead Widens in Survey, Expresso Says

Portugal’s Socialists, the biggest opposition party, led the ruling Social Democrats of Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho by a wider margin in a survey of voters' intentions, Expresso reported.

The survey indicated 26.9 percent backing from voters for the Social Democrats, 3.1 percentage points less than in a poll published in October, the Portuguese weekly newspaper said. The survey indicated 35 percent support for the Socialists, an increase of 0.2 percentage points, Expresso said.

The survey also indicated 10.1 percent support for the conservative People’s Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, 0.1 percentage point more than in the previous poll, according to Expresso.

The survey published today was carried out by Eurosondagem SA from Nov. 7 to 13, and 1,033 valid telephone interviews were used, Expresso said. The margin of error is 3.05 percent, Expresso said.

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