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President Iohannis still most trusted political personality , yet slips 19 percent from December rating

President Klaus Iohannis this August is still the political personality Romanians trust the most, with 59 percent favorability rating, but is 19 percent below the 78 percent approval rating he enjoyed in December, shows an opinion poll conducted by the Info-politics Studies and Research Center (CSCI) published on the infopolic.ro website.

The CSCI poll shows that Iohannis slid 10 percentage points from his June 2015 trustworthiness score.

According to the poll, next after President Klaus Iohannis in the Romanians’ confidence ranking is Sorin Oprescu, who keeps steady at 40 percent this August, just as in December 2014.

CSCI data also reveals that Premier Victor Ponta has a 35 percent confidence rating this August, as to 36 percent in December 2014, while Calin Popescu – Tariceanu scores 33 percent as to 36 percent in December 2014.

Next in the politicians’ August ranking are Rovana Plumb – 28 percent, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu – 27 percent, Monica Macovei – 24 percent, Alina Gorghiu – 19 percent, Traian Basescu and Vasile Blaga – 18 percent each, and Catalin Predoiu – 17 percent.

If parliamentary elections were held next Sunday, the New Liberal National Party (resulted from the merger of PNL and PDL) would reap the vote of 41 percent of the Romanians, while 37 percent of the voters would go for the Social Democratic Party.

The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania and the M10 Party headed by Monica Macovei would each get 5 percent of the votes, while the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, the People’s Movement Party and the United Romania Party would each garner 3 percent of the votes. The National Union for Romania’s Progress would get 2 percent of the ballots, the CSCI poll also found.

The poll was conducted between August 10 to 17, on a 1,021-strong sample of respondents, and carries an error margin of ą 3.1 percent for a probability of 95 percent.

The questionnaires were administered through the computer-assisted-telephone-interviewing method.

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