Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Romania leftists keep lead over ruling party-poll

BUCHAREST, April 3 (Reuters) - Romania's opposition Liberal-Social Union alliance (USL) is still more popular than the ruling Democrat-Liberal Party (PDL) but does not have quite
enough support to win an outright majority in a November parliamentary election, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. 

Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu replaced Emil Boc in February after Boc resigned following nationwide anti-austerity protests. Ungureanu pledged to maintain the policies needed to keep an International Monetary Fund-led international aid deal in place.
The ruling PDL won 33 percent of the vote in the last parliamentary election in 2008, but the implementation of painful austerity measures needed to conclude a 20 billion euro aid deal has since hit its support. 

The poll was conducted between March 7 and 13 by pollster IMAS and was published by daily newspaper Adevarul.

March 2012 IMAS 48.4% 18.6% 16.6% 7.0%
Feb 2012 CSOP 47.0% 20.0% 18.0% 5.0%

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