According to an opinion poll ordered by the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) for internal use, the party has grown 11 per cent in five months, from 31 per cent in February 2010 to 42 per cent in July. The analysis was presented on Thursday evening within the party’s Executive Committee meeting. PNL is second with 25 per cent, on the heels of a 6 per cent growth over the level reported in February. The analysis also reveals a steep decline for PDL, a party that dropped from 38 per cent to 16 per cent against the backdrop of the Government’s austerity measures. PDL lost no less than 12 per cent in just a month (May-June). PRM (9 per cent), UDMR (3 per cent) and UNPR (1 per cent) close the standings. In what concerns the respondents’ confidence in political leaders, PSD President Victor Ponta enjoys a rising popularity (from 35 to 47 per cent), while Traian Basescu dropped from 45 to 18 per cent. Liberal leader Crin Antonescu grew from 37 per cent in February to 42 per cent in June. Given this situation, Victor Ponta stated on Friday in Alba-Iulia that PSD wants elections as soon as possible in order to win them at a score that would allow the party to govern alone.