INSCOP poll: PM Ponta favourite in both rounds of presidential election

Incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta is the favourite of both rounds of the presidential election, as most Romanians say they will vote in November, according to an INSCOP opinion poll quoted by Agerpres. As many as 55.7 percent of the interviewed answered they will certainly vote; a previous poll gave 48.6 percent. Among those intending to vote, Ponta (the candidate of the alliance of his Social Democratic Party with the National Union for Romania’s Progress and Conservative Party) is the favourite candidate, with 41.1 percent, followed by Klaus Iohannis (Christian Liberal Alliance) – 28.8 percent, Elena Udrea (People’s Movement Party) – 8.1 percent, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu (Reformist Liberal Party) – 6.7%, Monica Macovei (independent) – 3.5%, Corneliu Vadim Tudor (Greater Romania Party) – 3.2%, Dan Diaconescu (People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu) – 3%, Hunor Kelemen (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania) – 3%, Ioan Ghise (independent) – 2.1%) and Zsolt Szilagyi (Transylvanian Hungarians People’s Party) – 0,5%.
In the second round, Ponta is credited with 19 percent and Iohannis with 15 percent. The poll shows Ponta winning the second round against any other candidate – 54 percent to 46 percent against Iohannis, 54.7 percent to 45.3 percent against Tariceanu, 66.1 percent to 33.9 percent against Udrea, and 66.8 to 33.2 against Macovei.
The ‘Truth about Romania’ barometer was carried out between August 30 and September 4 by INSCOP Research, commissioned by Adevarul Newspaper; it used a sample of 1,058 people, representative of Romanians above 18 years of age.
More than half Bucharest residents seen voting for Ponta over Iohannis in runoff
More than half Bucharest’s residents would vote for incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who chairs the Social Democrat Party (PSD) in a presidential runoff with Liberal Klaus Iohannis, running under the banner of the Christian Liberal Alliance (ACL, made up of the Liberals and Democratic Liberals), shows an Opinion Barometer conducted by GSSC Avangarde over Aug. 25 – Sept. 3. According to the poll released on Sunday, when asked ‘If elections for the president of Romania took place next Sunday and the contenders were Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis, who would you elect?’, 55 percent of the surveyed said they would choose the PSD leader and 45 percent said Iohannis.
Furthermore, in the event of a runoff between Ponta and the People’s Movement Party (PMP) leader Elena Udrea, 73 percent would vote for the prime minister and 27 percent for the former tourism minister; Iohannis would get 81 percent of the votes if running opposite Udrea (19 pct) and would garner 51 percent if running against the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) head Calin Popescu Tariceanu (49 percent), the polls says.

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