Friday, November 14, 2008

PSD-PC Coalition Has Small Lead in Romania

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - A coalition that brings together the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Conservative Party (PC) is leading in Romania, according to a poll by CCSB released by Antena 3. 37 per cent of respondents would support the PSD-PC alliance in this month’s legislative ballot.

The Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) is second with 34 per cent, followed by the National Liberal Party (PNL) with 18 per cent, the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR) with six per cent, the Party of Great Romania (PRM) with three per cent, and the New Generation Party (PNG) with two 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 Nov. 10, Romanian president Traian Basescu said he would not consider nominating either Tariceanu or PSD leader Mircea Geoana to serve as head of government after the legislative election, adding, "My aim is to recommend to Parliament a prime minister I can trust."

The legislative election is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Polling Data

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

Oct. 2008

Sept. 2008

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

37%

36%

Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L)

34%

34%

National Liberal Party (PNL)

18%

20%

Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR)

6%

5%

Party of Great Romania (PRM)

3%

3%

New Generation Party (PNG)

2%

2%

National Peasant Christian-Democratic Party (PNT-CD)

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1%

Source: CCSB / Antena 3
Methodology: Interviews with 1,053 Romanian adults, conducted from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27, 2008. Margin of error is 2.8 per cent.

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