Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Crin Antonescu share the third place on confidence, according to Inscop opinion poll.
BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu holds on in the top position in terms of public trust, with 48 per cent, according to the ‘Truth about Romania’ opinion poll done by Inscop Research upon ‘Adevarul’ daily’s order. The poll was conducted from February 21 to February 28, 2013 on a sample of 1,066 individuals, representative for the Romanian population, with a maximum admissible data error of ± 3pc, and a confidence interval of 95pc. Mugur Isarescu is the embodiment of the technocrat’s myth, which, however, did not seem to have helped him a lot in politics. Although he benefits from the highest trust among the Romanian public, the central bank governor was defeated in the 2000 presidential election. Romanians also trust a lot PM Victor Ponta – number two, on 43 per cent, at a distance of just 5pc from Isarescu. Victor Ponta’s confidence rate is comparable with the one of the DA Alliance Premier, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who, four months after the general election, in February 2005, had 47.1pc confidence according to IMAS. Nonetheless, in the course of 2005, Tariceanu did lose almost half of his capital of confidence because of DA Alliance scandals and differences with Traian Basescu, highly sympathised at the time. Calin Popescu Tariceanu now has the confidence of 31pc of Romanians and Crin Antonescu 20pc, the difference between the two being statistically irrelevant. Tariceanu continues to be associated with a period of prosperity, a certain ‘golden age’ of post-totalitarian Romanian economy, even if the role he now plays in USL’s politics is rather marginal. Inscop notes the important difference between Victor Ponta and the other USL leaders in the standings, although the prime minister is usually the most exposed to erosion. Another notable fact is that Romanians’ trust in public personalities and decision-makers in general is lower than 50 per cent. The irony of this poll is the fact that, just like in the 2009 presidential election, Traian Basescu and Mircea Geoana are disputing the 7th place now. Of all non-USL leaders, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu has the biggest trust score – 25pc, number five – after Crin Antonescu, but before Liviu Dragnea.