Poll: Antonescu, the favourite in presidential race

The highest percentage of Romanians, 41 per cent, would vote the Liberal Crin Antonescu for president if elections were held next Sunday, 15 per cent would opt for the Social-Democrat Victor Ponta, and 13 per cent would give their vote to the present head of state, Traian Basescu, according to a poll conducted by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES), between February 2 and 3, Realitatea.net reports. The next positions were claimed by Dan Diaconescu – 12 pc, Corneliu Vadim Tudor – 7 pc, Gigi Becali, Hunor Kelemen or any other candidate – 4 pc. According to IRES, if parliamentary elections were held next Sunday, the highest number of Romanians would vote for the Social Democratic Party (PSD) – 31.1 pc, 26.8 pc would opt for the National Liberal Party + the Conservative Party (PNL+PC), and 18.2 pc – for the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL). At the same time, the People’s Party would collect 7.9 per cent of votes, the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) – 6.8 pc, and the Greater Romania Party (PRM) – 3.6 pc. The New Generation Party (PNG) would secure 0.5 per cent of votes, and the National Union for Romanian Progress (UNPR) – 0.3 pc. 4.9 pc of the respondents would vote for another party.

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