Ruling PSD in free fall, IMAS opinion poll says


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The ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) seems to be in free fall in terms of the population’s confidence, compared to the general elections in 2016 when it scored 45%. After one year and a half, only 28% Romanians would vote for the Social Democrats, says an opinion poll conducted by IMAS and released by Newsweek România.

PSD has climbed down to 28.4% in the Romanians’ voting intentions, compared to December 2017 when it was rated to 32.4%. Since then, the party’s leader Liviu Dragnea has been amid scandals triggered by a new sentence to prison ruled against him in the case of fictitious hiring, while the entire party has been targeted by intense criticism in the country and abroad for the amendments operated in Parliament on the justice laws and criminal codes.

The National Liberal Party (PNL) is ranked first, climbing up to 29.2% of the voting intentions, on the rise by two percent compared to December last year.

Save Romania Union (USR) is ranked third, reaching to 11.3%, also gaining three percent, while ex-PM Dacian Ciolos’ platform, Romania Together Movement, is credited with 8% of the voting intentions, although it is not yet officially registered as a political party.

ALDE, PSD’s ruling partner, has also lost popularity, according to IMAS poll, losing 2 percent since December 2017, down to 8.6%.

UDMR maintains the share of 5 percent.

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