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CSCI poll: Crin Antonescu top favorite in Presidential elections

According to an opinion poll conducted by CSCI and published by ‘Jurnalul National,’ USL candidate Crin Antonescu would win 58 per cent of the votes in Presidential elections, followed by Dan Diaconescu (People’s Party; 15 per cent), Traian Basescu (PDL; 9 per cent), Kelemen Hunor (UDMR; 6 per cent), C.V. Tudor (PRM; 5 per cent), Gigi Becali (PNGCD; 3 per cent) and Cristian Diaconescu (UNPR; 3 per cent). The question was closed, the respondents being given a list of names to choose from. 62 per cent made a choice, 29 per cent were unable to choose, 8 per cent stated they will not vote and 1 per cent refused to answer.

A part of the results were presented one week ago. Thus, the figures showed that in the Parliamentary elections USL would win 59 per cent of the votes, followed by PDL (11 per cent), People’s Party (10 per cent), UDMR (6 per cent), PRM (4 per cent), PNG-CD (3 per cent), MV (Green’s movement), UNPR and PNTCD (all with 1 per cent). According to the poll, PDL dropped from 16 per cent in September 2011 to 11 per cent in January 2012, a 5-point drop in five months’ time. On the other hand, USL grew from 57 per cent to 59 per cent.

According to this poll, 80 per cent of Romanians want the government to step down, 77 per cent want President Basescu to resign and 76 per cent want early elections.

The poll also shows that 99 per cent of the respondents heard about the anti-Presidential and anti-government protests that took place in Bucharest and throughout the country. Of them, 82 per cent agree with most of the demands, 14 per cent with some of the demands and 3 per cent do not agree with any demand. 1 per cent of the respondents were unable or unwilling to answer. In what concerns the cause of the protests, 63 per cent of the respondents pointed to the current leaders’ corruption, 57 per cent to growing anger towards current officials, 54 per cent to the fact that people were ignored by the ruling power and 54 per cent to Raed Arafat’s dismissal from the Health Ministry.

The poll was ordered by the Multimedia Foundation and Antena 3 on January 20-23, was conducted on a sample of 1,026 respondents and has a margin of error of 3 per cent.

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