18% of Bulgarians to Not Vote in General Election - Poll
Bulgaria is to hold general election in the summer of 2013. File photo
Eighteen percent of Bulgarian voters would not participate in the general election if it was to be held now, according to a recent poll.
The poll has been conducted by the ESTAT agency among 800 people between December 19 and 24.
Nearly the same percentage – 17.7% have responded that they could not say if they would vote or not.
21.4% would cast a ballot for the ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB; 11.2% for the right-wing Bulgaria for Citizens of former European Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, which is not represented in the current Parliament, and 11% for the opposition, left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP.
The far-right, nationalist Ataka party has received 3.8% while the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, and another new formation – New Alternative of former Defense Minister, Nikolay Tsonev, would get 3% each.
Other surprising results include just 1.2% for the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS.
The right-wing party of former Prime Minister, Ivan Kostov, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, would get 1.4% of the ballots.
Kuneva's party has been noted as the most recognizable new party by 24.5% of the respondents, followed by GERB with 8.2%, and the party GORD (Proud) of MEP, Slavi Binev.
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