Quarter of Bulgarian Voters 'Want New Poll after Early Election'

Domestic | March 6, 2017, Monday // 08:26|  views

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One fourth of Bulgarian voters would like to take part in a new early poll after the upcoming snap election, a survey has shown.

Asked about what should happen after the election, a narrow majority (29%) demand a center-right coalition, while 26% would like to see a center-left coalition, according to a poll by AFIS agency.

Some 25% believe a new election should take place right after the snap poll on March 26.

Only 9% of respondents in the poll have said there should be a grand coalition between socialists and conservatives.

The poll has projected a lead for the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), with 26% of the vote, against 24% for conservative GERB if elections were to be held on Sunday.

The United Patriots, a nationalist alliance of three ideologically diverse parties, are set to come third at 7.2%, followed by the ethnic Turk-dominated Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), 5.7%.

Volya ("Will"), the new party of Varna-based businessman Veselin Mareshki, will muster 4.3% of the vote, just above the four-percent electoral barrier.

Two coalitions, the ones around the Reformist Bloc and ABV, are projected as nearing the threshold, at 3.8% and 2.8%, respectively.

A large share - 14% of respondents have said they will not vote, weeks after the Constitutional Court dropped a sanction imposed for those who do not cast ballots (elections became compulsory last year).

The share of those willing to tick "I Do Not Support Anyone" is 5.6%.

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Tags: early election, poll, Afis


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