INSCOP poll: USD quoted to 40.4 pc for European elections


Low participation to vote estimated.

The Social Democratic Union (USD) would garner in the Europarliamentary election 40.4 percent of the vote, the National Liberal Party (PNL) 17.6 percent while the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) would gain 13.7 percent according to an INSCOP poll conducted between Feb. 27 and March 4, 2014, Agerpres reports.
According to the same poll, the fourth voting option would be the People’s Movement Party with 9.1 percent followed by Civic Force with 5.1 percent of the vote, the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) garnering 5.1 percent, People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu (PPDD) with 4.1 percent, the Greater Romania Party (PRM) with 2.7 percent and the Christian Democratic National Peasants’ Party (PNTCD) with 1.7 percent.
To the question ‘Do you intend to participate in the Europarliamentary elections organized on May 25, 2014’ 33.3 percent of the respondents declared that they will surely participate and 28.1 percent stated that they will probably participate. 7.6 percent said they will probably not participate while 9.5 percent stated that they surely will not participate. 19.1 percent are as of yet undecided while 2.4 percent stated that they didn’t know or would not answer the question.
The same poll shows that in Romanians’ views, Mircea Geoana would be the most adequate public figure to occupy a post of European Commissioner. In the closed list question, Geoana garnered 23.9 percent of options stated, Titus Corlatean 11.5 percent, Monica Macovei 9.9 percent, Dacian Ciolos 9.3 percent and Rovana Plumb 2.8 percent. On the other hand, 21.7 percent of respondents declared that none of those mentioned would be fit for the European Commissioner post while 19.7 percent declared that they didn’t know or wouldn’t answer the question.
The poll was conducted by INSCOP Research at the commission of daily newspaper Adevarul between Feb. 27 and March 4, 2014. The size of the sample was of 1,055 persons and is representative for the population of Romania that is 18 or over 18 years of age. The maximum admitted error was of ± 3 percent with a confidence rating of 95 percent, the type of sampling used was a stratified, probability-proportional-to-size sampling.

ANI: Mircea Diaconu cannot run for MEP

The National Integrity Agency (ANI) announced yesterday that vice-chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Mircea Diaconu cannot candidate for the European Parliament elections this year, as he is both MP and director-manager of “C.I. Nottara” Theatre in Bucharest, a management position in a local public institution. Besides, claims ANI, there is a ruling by the High Court of Cassation and Justice in this respect. ANI stresses that the decision of the Senate not to acknowledge Diaconu’s incompatibility despite a rule from a supreme court was deemed illegitimate by the Constitutional Court. Under these circumstances, says ANI, Mircea Diaconu is punished with waiving his right to hold a public position or office for three years. In 2011, Diaconu who was director at Nottara Theatre and senator in the Romanian Parliament, was accused of conflict of interests and malfeasance of office because he appointed his wife as artistic manager at Nottara Theatre.
According to PNL president Crin Antonescu, the first eight candidates on the list of the party are: Norica Nicolai, Adina Valean, Ramona Manescu, Cristian Busoi, Renate Weber, Mircea Diaconu, Eduard Hellvig, Mihai Turcanu. Crin Antonescu restated PNL’s objective in the EP elections, to get 25 percent of votes, the equivalent of 8 MEPs. “Otherwise I will quit as PNL President”, said Antonescu.

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