Monday, January 30, 2012

Bloomberg: Romanian Opposition Gains Support After Protests, Poll Shows

Romania’s two main opposition parties gained increased public support over the current ruling party, according to a survey conducted by pollster IMAS during the most violent anti-government protests in more than a decade.

The opposition Social-Liberal Union, formed by the Social Democrats and the Liberals, would win 53.4 percent of the vote in a general election, an increase from 48 percent in a December poll, showed the IMAS poll published by the Bucharest-based newspaper Adevarul today.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party would get 15.8 percent of the vote from 21 percent last month, the survey showed. The People’s Party, newly-founded by media owner Dan Diaconescu, would garner 13.9 percent, compared with 12 percent in the previous poll, while the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, an ethnic minority party which is part of the current governing coalition, would win about 6 percent of the votes.

Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc’s government, supported by a governing coalition, has been grappling with widespread protests for some two weeks in January ahead of general elections scheduled later this year. People took to the streets across the country to protest against an austerity budget, demanding early elections. The protests turned violent on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, injuring 60 people.

The survey of 1,039 people was taken from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

To contact the reporter on this story: Irina Savu in Bucharest at isavu@bloomberg.net.

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