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Premier Victor Ponta would get the most numerous votes (31 percent) if the presidential election were held next Sunday and the alliance of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), the Conservative Party (PC) and the National Union of Romania’s Progress (UNPR) would get 42 percent of the votes in an election organized on the same day for the European Parliament, reveals a poll conducted by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES), quoted by Agerpres. For the position of president the respondents would vote for Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and Crin Antonescu, 12 percent of the respondents each, Traian Basescu, 10 percent, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, 7 percent, Corneliu Vadim Tudor, 6 percent, Sorin Oprescu, 6 percent, Mugur Isarescu, 4 percent, Klaus Johannis, 3 percent, Elena Udrea, 2 percent, Emil Boc, 2 percent, Mircea Geoana, Dan Diaconescu and Catalin Predoiu, 1 percent each, and 4 percent of the interviewed would vote for another candidate.
In case of an Europarliamentary election, the opposition National Liberal Party would get 14 percent of the votes, the opposition Democratic Liberal Party, 11 percent, the People’s Movement Party, 10 percent, the ruling Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania and the Greater Romania Party would get 5 percent each, the opposition People’s Party-Dan Diaconescu, 4 percent, and the Civic Force, 3 percent. According to the poll, almost 20 percent of the participants in the study have not made up their minds (19.8 percent) about the party or the political alliance to vote for in the Europarliamentary election and 9.3 percent say they do not vote. Referring to the May 25 Europarliamentary election, almost half of the participants in the study say they are sure to go to the polls. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 means that they are very sure to go to the polls) 47 percent chose 10 when it came to their wish to vote on May 25 and 16 percent chose 1, that is it is very sure they will not go to the polls. The poll was conducted on March 26 on a representative sample nationwide of 1,446 people aged over 18, with a maximum tolerated error of +/-2.7 percent.