Monday, November 3, 2008

PSD-PC Alliance Leads in Romania

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - A coalition encompassing the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Conservative Party (PC) is ahead in Romania, according to a poll by CCSB released by Antena 3. 36 per cent of respondents would vote for the PSD-PC alliance in this month’s legislative election.

The Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) is second with 34 per cent, followed by the National Liberal Party (PNL) with 20 per cent, the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR) with five per cent, the Party of Great Romania (PRM) with three per cent, the New Generation Party (PNG) with two per cent, and the National Peasant Christian-Democratic Party (PNT-CD) with one per cent.

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 Oct. 28, Tariceanu warned of tough economic times ahead, saying, "Imagine that the global economy is like the Titanic, which hit the iceberg. At the lower levels, people are in water up to their necks, while on the upper floors the music still plays and people don’t know that the ship hit an iceberg and still listen to music. Those people are here, in Romania. That’s a lot like our situation."

The legislative election is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Polling Data

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

Social Democratic Party (PSD) / Conservative Party (PC)

36%

Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L)

34%

National Liberal Party (PNL)

20%

Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR)

5%

Party of Great Romania (PRM)

3%

New Generation Party (PNG)

2%

National Peasant Christian-Democratic Party (PNT-CD)

1%

Source: CCSB / Antena 3
Methodology: Interviews with 1,068 Romanian adults, conducted from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, 2008. Margin of error is 2.8 per cent.

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