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October 21, 2021

Poll: PSD and PNL would win 50 pc in Parliamentary elections

An opinion poll conducted by IMAS last month reveals that the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) would win 30.9 per cent of the votes, while the National Liberal Party (PNL) would win 25.6 per cent of the votes, ‘Adevarul’ daily informs. The poll was conducted before PSD and PNL agreed to form the Social-Liberal Union (USL). The Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) would win 16.7 per cent of the votes, followed by Dan Diaconescu’s People’s Party with 9 per cent, although the latter was created recently and is yet to be registered in court. PRM would turn out on fifth place with 6.3 per cent of the votes, followed by the Democratic Union of Magyars in Romania (UDMR) with 4.6 per cent, below the electoral threshold of 5 per cent.

The poll also reveals that the Church and the Army are on a downward trend in what concerns people’s confidence. In the last two years the two institutions dropped 8 per cent in the confidence table, nevertheless remaining at the top of the most credible institutions. Thus, while 89.3 per cent of respondents expressed their confidence in the Church in January 2009, in January 2011 that level stands at 81.9 per cent. The row concerning the soldiers’ pensions did no good to the Army at all, the institution dropping in the confidence table from 71.1 per cent in January 2009 to 63.5 per cent in January 2011. Nevertheless, the two institutions are significantly above the Presidency (13.9 per cent), the Parliament (11.4 per cent) and the Government (8.9 per cent).

Sociologist Vasile Dancu states that confidence in the Army and Church is determined by the characteristics of Romanian society. “People lack confidence in many state institutions, there isn’t a powerful civil society and the others, the ones around us, are looked upon with distrust. Thus, the Church and the Army become psychological safety nets,” Dancu explained. However the sociologist believes that some of those stating that they have confidence in the Church may be displaying “dissimulated behavior.”

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