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May 11, 2021

Basescu – Boc, free falling in voter confidence table

Traian Basescu and Emil Boc have reached the minimum threshold of voter confidence since coming to power. According to an opinion poll that IMAS conducted for ‘Adevarul’ daily, the Presidency has a voter confidence level of 13.9 per cent, the President 11.5 per cent, the Parliament 11.4 per cent and the Government 8.9 per cent.

In 2005, the first year of his first Presidential term, Traian Basescu had a voter confidence level of 72.8 per cent, mainly against the backdrop of his anti-corruption discourse. His conflict with Liberal Premier Calin Popescu-Tariceanu that summer nevertheless brought him down to 47.5 per cent. In the spring of 2006 the President climbed to approximately 60 per cent, buoyed by revelations concerning the former Securitate. However the Head of State dropped back to 48.5 per cent after new conflicts with the Liberals. In 2007 the President climbed to 59 per cent following his impeachment. Back in office, Basescu dropped constantly, reaching a voter confidence level of 44 per cent shortly before the Parliamentary elections in 2008. In 2009 the President dropped constantly against the backdrop of repeated conflicts with PSD and of that party’s departure from the government. Basescu then dropped to 29 per cent after his refusal to appoint Klaus Iohannis as Premier. Nevertheless he won another term in office, but the salary and pension cuts announcement he made in May 2010 took him to an absolute low of 8.8 per cent. In January 2011 Traian Basescu has a voter confidence level of 11.5 per cent.

According to the poll conducted by IMAS, PNL leader Crin Antonescu enjoys the highest voter confidence level, scoring 27.9 per cent in January. PSD President Victor Ponta, his Union partner, is 2.7 percentage points below that level. It has to be pointed out that the poll was conducted before the creation of the PSD-PNL alliance. Mircea Geoana is third with 16.2 per cent, followed by Traian Basescu with 11.5 per cent, Democrat-Liberal MEP Theodor Stolojan with 10.6 per cent and PRM leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor with 10 per cent.

According to the same opinion poll, Premier Emil Boc totals only 8.3 per cent. Premier Emil Boc experienced a dramatic drop in voter confidence in the two years that passed since he became Head of Government, dropping no less than 27 percentage points. Boc’s downward trend started immediately after he took over the government’s reins, after he stated that the pensions and salaries would grow by only 5 per cent in 2009. Despite the toppling of his government in October 2009 as a consequence of a no-confidence vote, Boc totaled 24.3 per cent in the voter confidence table when his new government came into being in December of that year. Since January 2010 Boc has experienced a downward trend in voter confidence. He reached 7.5 per cent in May after the salary and pension cuts announcement. Nevertheless, in November he gained 4 percentage points after a no-confidence vote was shot down. At the end of last year the Premier had a voter confidence level of 8.3 per cent.

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