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 25.2 percent backing from voters for the Social Democrats, 0.1 percentage point less than in a poll published in November, the Portuguese newspaper said on its website. The survey indicated 37.5 percent support for the Socialists, an increase of 0.6 percentage points, Expresso said. Lisbon Mayor Antonio Costa won primary elections held on Sept. 28 to become leader of the Socialist Party.

The survey also indicated 7.3 percent support for the conservative People’s Party, which is part of the ruling coalition, 0.4 percentage point less 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 Dec. 4 to 10. The margin of error is 3.04 percent, Expresso said.

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