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

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

The survey indicated 26.2 percent backing from voters for the Social Democrats, 1.8 percentage point less than in a poll published in September, the Portuguese newspaper said on its website. The survey indicated 34.8 percent support for the Socialists, an increase of 1.8 percentage point, Expresso said.

Lisbon Mayor Antonio Costa won primary elections held on Sept. 28 to become leader of the Socialist Party.

The survey also indicated 8 percent support for the conservative People’s Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, 0.5 percentage point more than in the previous poll, according to Expresso. Combined, the ruling coalition parties would have less votes than the Socialists.

The survey published today was carried out by Eurosondagem SA from Oct. 2 to 7, and 1,021 valid telephone interviews were used, Expresso said. The margin of error is 3.07 percent, Expresso said.

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