Ponta leads voting options for President, followed by Antonescu

Most Romanians (29.8 percent) would vote for Victor Ponta if the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman would candidate for presidential elections, and 22.4 percent would vote for the National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Crin Antonescu, according to an INSCOP opinion poll quoted by Agerpres. Ranking third in this classification is Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (the Civic Force) with 11.3 percent of respondents’ options, followed by Catalin Predoiu (the Democratic Liberal Party, PDL) with 5.8 percent, Corneliu Vadim Tudor (The Greater Romania Party, PRM) with 4.5 percent, Kelemen Hunor (the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania, UDMR) with 4.4 percent and Dan Diaconescu (the Dan Diaconescu People’s Party, PPDD) by 1.8 percent. The options of 20 percent of Romanians are for another person for the position of Romania’s President, the most frequent ones being for Mugur Isarescu, Klaus Iohannis, Sorin Oprescu or Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the poll has found out. Also, the INSCOP informs that the percentages mentioned in this section are calculated from the total of those who voiced an electoral preference (82.3 percent of total). As much as 10 percent of the total sample said they would not vote and 7.7 percent chose the ‘I do not know / I do not answer’ variant.
The INSCOP opinion poll testing also possible electoral confrontation in the runoff of presidential elections, in the total of the population who voiced an option. Thus, in a competition between Victor Ponta and Crin Antonescu, the incumbent prime minister would get 53.5 percent compared to 46.5 percent of votes for the liberal leader. Antonescu would get 50.9 percent in a final competition with Sorin Oprescu, with Bucharest’s mayor to record 49.1 percent of votes. Victor Ponta would get 59.2 percent in a presidential final versus Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (40.8 percent). The poll reveals also Romanians’ options in other competitions: Crin Antonescu vs Mihai Razvan Ungureanu – 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent, Crin Antonescu vs Catalin Predoiu – 68.4 percent to 31.6 percent, Victor Ponta vs Catalin Predoiu – 68.6 percent to 31.4 percent, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu vs Mihai Razvan Ungureanu – 53.6 percent to 46.4 percent.
Asked about an independent candidate for Romania’s President, 47.4 percent of Romanians have a good opinion about the Governor of Romania’s Central Bank Mugur Isarescu. Some 39.5 percent of Romanians have a good opinion about a candidacy from former great tennis player Ion Tiriac, and the variant that essayist Andrei Plesu for the President candidate is received favourably by 20 percent of respondents.
As to the possibility for the Social Liberal Union (USL) to have a common candidate in the presidential elections, 34.9 percent of respondents believe that the USL will have such a candidate, 33.8 percent believe that the PSD and the PNL will have their own candidates, whilst 31.3 percent have chosen the ‘I do not know / I do no answer’ variant. The poll was commissioned by the Adevarul daily and was conducted by INSCOP Research January 16 to 21. The volume of the sample was 1,054 individuals and is representative for Romania’s population aged 18 and over. The maximum accepted error of the data is ± 3 percent, at a confidence level of 95 percent, the sample being multi-layered and probabilistic.

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