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September 22, 2019
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CSOP poll: Winners and losers in voter confidence index

The first opinion poll after the general elections shows who the individual beneficiaries of the resulting political situation are. One of the surprises was the situation of PNL, a party that finds itself adrift from a doctrinaire standpoint.According to an opinion poll conducted by CSOP on December 12-18 and quoted by ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily, Victor Ponta, Sorin Oprescu, Elena Udrea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu are on an upward trend. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, Gigi Becali, Dan Diaconescu and Dan Voiculescu are on a downward trend, while USL’s presidential candidate Crin Antonescu is only fourth in the political leaders’ table.The fact that he won the elections and obtained a new term at the helm of the government has placed PSD President Victor Ponta on an upward trend. He tops the voter confidence index table with 29 per cent, up by 2 per cent compared to November. In his turn, Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu is one of the politicians that finished the year on an upward trend, growing to 26 per cent from 24 per cent in November. Former Regional Development Minister Elena Udrea is among the few PDL leaders on an upward trend, growing by 2 per cent month-on-month to 13 per cent in December. Former Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu registered a slight 2 per cent growth too (16 per cent), compared to the CSOP poll in October. For USL’s presidential candidate Crin Antonescu the poll brings both good news and bad news. The good news is that against the backdrop of USL’s election success the Liberal leader grew by 2 per cent after falling from July to October, most likely as a result of his behavior during the period in which President Traian Basescu was impeached. The bad news is that the USL presidential candidate is only 4th with 23 per cent in the voter confidence index table. Antonescu is surpassed not only by his USL partner Victor Ponta (29 per cent), but also by BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu (27 per cent) and Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu (26 per cent). President Traian Basescu is 5th with 18 per cent, dropping 1 per cent as a result of being associated with ARD’s failure in the elections. Within ARD the general elections seem to have leveled off the leadership. Here are the standings of ARD leaders: Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (16 per cent), Vasile Blaga and Theodor Stolojan in a tie (15 per cent), Emil Boc (14 per cent), Elena Udrea (13 per cent) and Adriean Videanu (12 per cent).

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