Romania Coalition Gains Support Ahead of Campaign, Poll Shows
Romania’s governing collation gained public support in October for the first time since a failed attempt to oust President Traian Basescu prompted the decline in polls, a survey published by Adevarul newspaper shows.
The Social Liberal Union, backing Prime Minister Victor Ponta, would win 57.4 percent of the votes in parliamentary elections, according to a survey of 1,039 people between Oct. 10 and Oct. 18 by polling company IMAS. That compares with 48 percent in a CSOP survey published on Oct. 1 and with a 54 percent in an IRES survey published on Aug. 27.
The opposition Liberal Democratic Party, which formed the Right Romania Alliance with two other parties, including the party headed by former Prime Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu, would garner 16 percent, down from 24 percent in the CSOP poll.
A campaign for general elections starts next week, a month before the Dec. 9 ballot. Romania has been embroiled in a power struggle between Basescu and Ponta from June to August, which led to the president’s suspension. He was reinstated after a vote to oust him was invalidated by the Constitutional Court because of lower-than-required turnout.
The People’s Party, founded by media entrepreneur Dan Diaconescu, would get the backing of 14.9 percent of the voters, the poll showed. The survey has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, according to Adevarul.
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