Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Romania Opposition Union Would Win General Election, Poll Shows

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Romania’s two main opposition parties, which are cooperating in an alliance, would take most votes in a general election, followed by the ruling Democrat Liberals, a poll showed.

The opposition Social-Liberal Union, formed by the Social Democrats and Liberals, would get 48 percent of the vote, while the ruling Liberal Democrats would garner 21 percent, according to a poll conducted between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30 by Bucharest- based pollster CSOP.

The People’s Party, newly-founded by media owner Dan Diaconescu, would also get 12 percent, while the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, an ethnic minority party which is part of the current governing coalition, would win 6 percent, according to the poll published by the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei today.

Prime Minister Emil Boc’s coalition government faces growing opposition to its austerity budget ahead of a general election scheduled for later this year, as it froze wages and pensions and plans to trim state jobs. Thousands have protested across the country over the past six days against the government and President Traian Basescu, who is backed by the Liberal Democrats.

The poll is based on interviews with 1,033 people across the country. No margin of error was released.

--Editors: Douglas Lytle, Alan Crosby

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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