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IRSS poll: USL drops for the first time below 50 pc

The Social Liberal Union (USL) drops, for the first time, below the 50 pc-threshold in Romanian voters’ preferences, according to a poll conducted by the Romanian Social Studies Institute (IRSS), quoted by “Evenimentul Zilei”. Thus, if parliamentary elections were organized next week, USL would collect only 49.50 pc of votes. The Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) ranks second, with 22.50 pc, followed by the National Union for Romanian Progress (UNPR), with 7.80 pc, and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), with 5.70 pc. The Greater Romania Party (PRM) would get 4.60 pc, the New Generation Party (PNG) – 1.70 pc, the People’s Party (PP) – 5.20 pc, and other parties – 3 pc. 21.90 pc of the respondents stated they would not go to the polls, 10.1 pc are undecided, while 1.5 pc refused to answer.

According to the same poll, if presidential elections were held, this Sunday, Crin Antonescu (the National Liberal Party – PNL) would rank first, with 32 pc, followed by Traian Basescu (who, nonetheless, can no longer run for president as he’s already on his second term), with 22 pc, and Victor Ponta (the Social Democratic Party – PSD) – 17 pc. Cristian Diaconescu (UNPR) would get 7 pc of votes, Dan Diaconescu (PP) – 6 pc, Kelemen Hunor (UDMR) – 5 pc, Corneliu Vadim Tudor (PRM) – 4 pc and Gigi Becali (PNG) – 3 pc. 11.3 pc of the participants would not vote, 10.2 pc are undecided and 2 pc did not provide any answer. As regards the figures perceived as the most trustworthy by the Romanians, the top two positions are claimed by Mugur Isarescu, the governor of the National Bank of Romania, and the Romanian Orthodox Church patriarch, Daniel.

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