Sunday, July 27, 2008

Romanian Democratic Liberals Are Ahead

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Romania’s Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) is the most popular political organization in the country, according to a poll by IMAS published in Evenimentul Zilei. 40 per cent of respondents would vote for the PD-L in the next legislative election.

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) is second with 26 per cent, followed by the National Liberal Party (PNL) with 18 per cent, the New Generation Party (PNG) with five per cent, the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR) also with five per cent, and the Party of Great Romania (PRM) with three per cent.

The Alliance for Justice and Truth (DA)—comprising the Democratic Party (PD) and the PNL—won the November 2004 parliamentary election, securing 132 seats in the 332-member Chamber of Deputies. DA candidate Trian Basescu won the presidential run-off in December 2004 with 51.23 per cent of the vote, defeating PSD contender Adrian Nastase. Basescu later appointed fellow alliance member Calin Popescu Tariceanu as prime minister.

In December 2006, several members of the PNL—including former prime minister Theodor Stolojan—assembled as the Liberal-Democrats (PLD) to protest the leadership of Tariceanu. In 2007, the governing alliance underwent major changes as Tariceanu dismissed the PD ministers and the coalition dissolved. Tariceanu assembled a minority administration comprising the PNL and the UDMR.

In January 2008, the PLD and the Democratic Party (PD) merged to form the PD-L. The organization joined the European People’s Party (EPP) and is led by Emil Boc, the elected mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the largest city in Transylvania.

On Jul. 21, PSD spokesman Cristian Diaconescu urged the government to pick a date for the next legislative election or face a "political crisis", saying, "The government is late with mapping out new electoral colleges. Any further delay will hinder the electoral process, that’s why it is important to have a clear date of the next general elections."

The next legislative election is tentatively scheduled for November 2008.

Polling Data

What party would you support in Romania’s next parliamentary election?

Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L)


Social Democratic Party (PSD)


National Liberal Party (PNL)


New Generation Party (PNG)


Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR)


Party of Great Romania (PRM)


Source: IMAS / Evenimentul Zilei
Methodology: Interviews to 1,245 Romanian adults, conducted from Jun. 6 to Jun 19, 2008. Margin of error is 2.8 per cent.

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