The Social-Liberal Union (USL) would win 59 per cent of the votes in Bucharest if local elections were to take place next Sunday, an opinion poll conducted by the Sociologic Research and Branding Company (CCSB) shows. The opinion poll was conducted this month, being ordered by the ‘Pro Democracy’ Association. 43 per cent of the respondents stated they will cast votes. 59 per cent of those stated that they would vote for USL, 21 per cent for PDL, 9 per cent for PP (People’s Party, yet to be registered in court – editor’s note), 3 per cent for PRM, 2 per cent for PER and 1 per cent for UDMR, UNPR, PNG and the Green Party. If PSD, PNL and PC, who jointly form USL, were to run separately, they would win 33 per cent, 27 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.
When it comes to public personalities that Bucharesters have confidence in, National Bank of Romania (BNR) Governor Mugur Isarescu tops the list with 59 per cent, followed by Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu (56 per cent), PNL President Crin Antonescu (43 per cent), Patriarch Daniel (41 per cent), PSD President Victor Ponta (37 per cent) and Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana (36 per cent).
Relatively satisfied with City Hall
The same opinion poll reveals that 17 per cent of the respondents are very pleased with the Bucharest Mayor’s activity, 41 per cent are fairly pleased and 10 per cent are utterly displeased. The district mayors’ activity is favorably appreciated by 47 per cent of Bucharesters, while 45 per cent are displeased with the district mayors. 38 per cent of Bucharesters also believe that the City Hall does a better job managing its funds, while only 24 per cent believe the same about the district mayoralties. According to the respondents, these are the main problems neighbourhoods face: sanitation (23 per cent), stray dogs (17 per cent) and lack of parking spaces (7 per cent).