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September 27, 2020
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PM competes with Ponta and Antonescu, survey shows

A survey conducted in March and published yesterday by Adevarul newspaper and IMAS reveals that PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu has won the trust of people with a percentage comparable to the one won by the Opposition’s leaders. According to the study, PSD leader Victor Ponta has 25,9 percent in terms of population’s trust, PM Ungureanu 25 percent and PNL leader Crin Antonescu 24,6 percent. PM Ungureanu is the first politician out of the PDL circle to be included in the ‘top of trust’ after May 2010 when the Government cut the wages and increased the TVA. In February the three politicians had similar percentages: PSD leader 23,7 percent, PNL leader 23,3 percent and PM Ungureanu 22,3 percent. Thus, PDL theoretically has an advantage for this year’s parliamentarian elections, considering the fact that ex-PM Emil Boc has only 7,7 percent and cannot represent a locomotive for the party. This role of locomotive to the party can’t be played by president Traian Basescu either who has a percentage of only 10,6. Paradoxically, people have more faith in ex-president Ion Iliescu rather than in a series of active politicians, though Iliescu’s mandates were in a period of controversial events. The ex-president has now a percentage of 14,3. The ex-president turned 83 this year and cannot run for presidency anymore, having won already two mandates in the past. Also, people showed trust for the leader of  PDL in the European Parliament Theodor Stolojan – 11,4 percent, PRM leader C.V. Tudor – 10,2 percent, UDMR president of honor of Marko Bela – 5,6 percent or first vice-president of PDL Roberta Anastase – 5,2 percent. The chief of SMURD service, Raed Arafat seems to be preferred by the majority of the Romanians having won a percentage of 71,3. He currently holds the number one position in this ‘top of trust’. The popularity of Arafat drew both the attention and interest of PDL and USL, himself being offered to run for the local elections this summer. On the other hand, PDL tried to convince him to run also for the City Hall.

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