Thursday, July 30, 2009

Romanians Could Grant Basescu a New Term

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Romanian president Traian Basescu could secure his re-election in a ballot later this year, according to a poll by Gallup Romania. 35 per cent of respondents would vote for Basescu in the upcoming election.Crin Antonescu of the National Liberal Party (PNL) is second with 20 per cent, followed by Mircea Geoana of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) with 18 per cent, Prince Radu Duda with 12 per cent, Corneliu Vadim Tudor of the Party of Great Romania (PRM) with 10 per cent, and Kelemen Hunor of the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR) with three per cent.

Romania held a legislative election in November 2008. Final results gave the coalition of the PSD and the Conservative Party (PC) 33.09 per cent of the vote and 114 seats in the lower house, followed by the Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L) with 32.36 per cent and 115 mandates. Basescu nominated PD-L leader Emil Boc to take over as prime minister from Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

On Jul. 26, Sorin Oprescu, the mayor of Romania’s capital city Bucharest, suggested that he may run for the presidency, declaring, "I am not ruling it out, but it doesn’t mean I’ve made a decision. I need more time, for it’s a very important decision."Romania must hold a presidential election by the end of November 2009. If no candidate garners more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, a run-off between the top two vote-getters must take place within 14 days.

Polling Data: Which candidate would you vote for in Romania’s presidential election?

Traian Basescu

35%

Crin Antonescu (PNL)

20%

Mircea Geoana (PSD)

18%

Prince Radu Duda

12%

Corneliu Vadim Tudor (PRM)

10%

Kelemen Hunor (UDMR)

3%

Source: Gallup Romania
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,108 Romanian adults, conducted from Jul. 16 to Jul. 20, 2009. Margin of error is 2.9 per cent.

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