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March 29, 2023

USL would emerge as winner with 62 pc, if elections were held now

The majority of Romanians reject the CCR decision on the referendum, opinion poll finds.

According to an opinion poll conducted by the Info-political Center of Studies and Research (CSCI), if parliamentary elections were held tomorrow, the Social Liberal Union (USL) would clearly emerge as winner, with 62 pc of votes, followed by the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) with 16 pc, the People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu (PP-DD) 12 pc, the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) – 4 pc, the Greater Romania Party (PRM) – 2 pc, the New Generation Party (PNG) – 1 pc, the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR) – 1 pc, others 2 pc.
The leaders of USL clearly dominate the top of confidence in political personalities, with 47 pc of subjects having much and very much confidence in PM Victor Ponta, and 42 pc in Crin Antonescu, rtv.net reports. The next position is held by PDL leader Vasile Blaga with 19 pc, while president Traian Basescu has 16 pc.
The question “do you believe that the EU and USA did right to insist for the referendum to be validated with 50 pc +1,” received a negative answer from 48 pc of the poll’s subjects, and a positive one only from 43 pc. At 100 days after USL took the power, the activity of the Ponta Cabinet is considered as good and very good by 65 pc of respondents, while 32 pc see it as bad and very bad, and 3 pc do not know or do not answer.
According to Romania TV, the Constitutional Court’s decision to invalidate the referendum for the impeaching of the president Traian Basescu is seen as bad or very bad by 62 pc of the poll subjects, and good or very good by 34 pc, while 4 pc do not know/do not answer.
Another poll, of the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES) reveals that, after the impeachment attempt, Traian Basescu has a voting intent of 23 pc, although he is not allowed to run for another presidential mandate, while USL constantly lost percentage points in August, according to evz.ro. The two phone polls were conducted on August 21, when the Constitutional Court (CCR) was expected to give the verdict, and the other the next day. However, if presidential elections were held tomorrow, the second round would have as protagonists PNL leader Crin Antonescu and the leader of the Center-Right Civic Initiative, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu. Asked about the candidate they would support if presidential elections were held next Sunday, 38 pc of subjects indicated Crin Antonescu, who would run against former premier Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, as neither Traian Basescu, nor PM Victor Ponta (11 pc) will not run for president.
Regarding Crin Antonescu’s commitment to give up politics if the referendum for impeaching Traian Basescu fails, 48 pc of respondents believes he should keep his promise, 47 pc think he shouldn’t, and 4 pc did not know what to answer.
In a different move, when asked about their political preferences, 40 pc of respondents said they are centrists, 17 pc favour the left and 34 pc are right-wing.

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