POLITICS

PM-designate tops public confidence chart with 55 pc

Three in four Romanians believe that the new Cabinet of Victor Ponta will be voted by the Parliament, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Romanian Institute of Evaluation and Strategy (IRES) on May 2. To be more precise, 79 pc of Romanians think the new Ponta Cabinet will be voted in, while only 13 pc believe things will go the opposite way. As for the ousting of the Ungureanu government, half of respondents think it was a good move and 63 pc are satisfied with Victor Ponta being appointed as premier of Romania. Furthermore, 55 pc of subjects gave Ponta the highest confidence score achieved by a Romanian politician. As for the members of the new Cabinet, 71 pc have confidence in the nominated ministers, and only 15 pc are unhappy with them.If presidential elections were held next Sunday, more than 40 pc of respondents would elect Crin Antonescu, followed by Victor Ponta and Dan Diaconescu. Traian Basescu would come in the fourth position, with 11 pc of votes.The poll reveals that one in two Romanians is optimistic about the future (49 pc), 10 pc more than in the previous months. The optimism is also shared by those who think that they will live better next year than now (41 pc, against 19 pc) while only 22 pc of respondents think they will live worse next year, down 32 percent points from the reference interval. Most Romanians identified the lack of money as the biggest problem of the average Romanian (51 pc), followed by the insufficient number of jobs (14 pc) and health problems (13 pc).

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