Bulgarians Less Eager to Vote for New Parties - Study

Domestic | June 12, 2012, Tuesday // 11:19|  views

Interest among Bulgarian citizens to vote for new political parties during in general elections has shrunk, according to a study by the National Center for Study of Public Opinion.

In May, the percentage of people willing to vote for new entities was just 15%, compared to 31% in April.

According to the NCSPO, this number is the smallest since March 2011.

The study further adds that people who say they would vote for a new party come predominantly from among those who already vote in elections.

According to the research, only 18% of politically passive Bulgaria saying they could be lured into voting by a new political entity.

NCSPO further adds that voters who define themselves as centrist are most likely to be attracted by a new party.

The study touched on ex-EU commissioner Meglena Kuneva's party Citizens for Bulgaria, to be founded July 1, finding that 33% of its supporters define themselves as centrists, while 13% define themselves as rightists and leftists each.

The research also analyses attitudes of Bulgarians towards coalitions of different parties in Parliament to form a goverment, finding they have stayed overly negative.

According to the study, Bulgarians view coalitions as unprincipled, based on compromise, and creating prime opportunities for corruption schemes.

66% of the study's responents said they see no need for ruling center-right GERB party to enter into a coalition with another political entity.

Bulgaria's next regular parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in the summer of 2013.

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Tags: elections, parties, coalitions, National Center for Study of Public Opinion, NCSPO, GERB, Bulgaria for Citizens, Meglena Kuneva, centrist


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