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March 23, 2023

Poll: Isarescu, Antonescu and Ponta lead the top of Romanians’ confidence in politicians

Only 10.6 pc trust President Traian Basescu.

The governor of the National Bank of Romania, Mugur Isarescu leads the top of Romanians’ confidence, with 32.2 pc, according to a poll conducted by IMAS for “Adevarul” newspaper in June 2011. On second position comes PNL leader Crin Antonescu, with 27.2 pc, followed by PSD President Victor Ponta, with 23.2 pc. The fourth place is occupied by another representative of the Opposition, Senate speaker Mircea Geoana (PSD), with 14.8 pc in the top of confidence.

According to the survey, ruling politicians hold the last positions: President Traian Basescu is trusted by 10.6 pc of subjects, closely followed by Theodor Stolojan (10.3 pc) and Emil Boc (8.3 pc). UDMR leader Marko Bela only obtained a score of 3.2 pc.

In the context, the poll finds that every important leader suffered a loss against May this year: Victor Ponta declined by 5 percent points, Crin Antonescu lost 4 pp, and Traian Basescu 2 pp. Political analyst Cristian Parvulescu identifies two possible explanations of June’s results concerning the leaders of PSD and PNL. On one hand, the debate on amending the Constitution had a rather low impact, while on the other USL gave the impression that it is unable to come with an alternative to the initiatives of a Power that is already unpopular.

When it comes to political parties, PSD leads with 31.7 pc, followed by PNL with 22.5 pc. This gives Social-Democrats the edge in the competition inside USL for next year’s elections, which has several criteria, including opinion polls. PDL stays at its usual 15.7 pc, the People’s Party has 10.8 pc and UDMR 5.5 pc. None of the other parties will reach the electoral threshold for Parliament.

The top of confidence in public institutions is led by the Church, with 78.9 pc, followed by the Army, with 60.6 pc. Only 45.7 pc of Romanians trust the media and 42.4 pc have confidence in local authorities. At the bottom we can find trade unions – 18.3 pc, Presidency – 12.3 pc, Parliament – 8.6 pc and Government – 8.5 pc. An overwhelming 86.3 pc of respondents think Romania goes the wrong way and only 10.7 pc believe the contrary.

Romanians are also unhappy with how they live. According to the poll, 37.2 pc of subjects are unhappy with their living standards, 30.6 pc are very unhappy, 18.1 pc are neither happy nor unhappy, and only 12.6 pc are happy with it. Plus, 64.6 pc of Romanians see the acting Government as performing worse than the previous one, 26.1 pc believe things are the same, while only 6 pc think it is better.

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