After PSD ordered opinion polls in order to test its potential candidates, the Liberals decided to follow suit. The Liberals will test their potential candidates through opinion polls in all Counties in view of the local elections scheduled in 2012.
“We are conducting opinion polls throughout the country, with the exception of Covasna and Harghita Counties. In Bucharest we will conduct opinion polls later. We haven’t set the date yet,” PNL Vice President Mihai Voicu stated for ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily. He refused to talk about the opinion poll companies the Liberals will be working with. According to ‘Evenimentul Zilei,’ it seems PNL agreed to conduct the opinion polls through Gallup, one of the companies close to the party and the institute that conducted surveys in the 2009 Presidential elections too. The ‘Political Ratings Agency’ is the second company PNL will work with, a company which party sources claim is close to Mihai Voicu, the person that handled the whole project within the party. According to party sources, PNL will pay approximately EUR 8,000 for an opinion poll in a single County.
‘Adevarul’ daily wrote yesterday that the ‘Political Ratings Agency’ has a single permanent employee – its owner, Cristian Andrei. In what concerns the sum that the Liberals could pay for its services, it seems it reached EUR 10,000. ‘Adevarul’ daily journalists have put forth the idea that PNL may consider signing a contract with the ‘Social Sciences Group 2000,’ an institute the Liberals have been working with for many years. In fact, the company conducted an opinion poll for PNL during its negotiations with PSD. PSD had 34 per cent in the opinion poll, while ACD (the alliance between PNL and PC – editor’s note) had 31 per cent. The result suited perfectly the Liberals’ desire for parity within USL, a desire that PNL leader Crin Antonescu himself expressed repeatedly.
Ruling coalition to take advantage of possible psd-pnl disputes
Minister of Internal Affairs Traian Igas claims that USL will fall apart around the 2012 elections precisely because of the disagreements set to appear when it comes to nominating candidates in next year’s local elections. In retort, PSD President Victor Ponta said: “With the risk of being rude, please do not follow the lead of all silly persons. Every time Igas makes a statement, it is something absurd. I wonder how he got his graduation diploma at 25, as he needed more study”, said Ponta, quoted by Realitatea.net.