Poll: Bulgaria's GERB Loses Ground 1 Year before Election
One of every five people who voted in 2009 for the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, is extremely disappointed of the cabinet of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and would never again extend their support.
The poll has been conducted by the National Center for Study of Public Opinion (NZIOM).
However, according to it, GERB is still keeping 70% of its voters, while the second-strong formation, the opposition, left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, keeps 76%.
If the election was to be held today, nearly 27% of all voters would cast a ballot for GERB and 18% for BSP.
Bulgaria for Citizens movement-turned-party, of former European Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, is third with 7.5%. It is mainly attracting voters disappointed by other parties, with center and right-wing convictions, and to lesser extent politically passive ones. Kuneva is also gaining ground among some left-wing voters.
The ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, gathers 6.4% of the vote, while the right-wing, nationalist Ataka – 2.5%.
The now-defunct right-wing Blue Coalition, if it reunites, has a chance to win Parliamentary seats, but separately the Union Democratic Forces, UDF, and the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, would get only 1.6% and 1.7%, respectively.
NZIOM registers an overall decline in approval of politicians in the aftermath of the protest rallies against the controversial Forestry Act, the blasts at the ammo depot neat the Petolachkata junction in southern Bulgaria, and the 13% hike of the price of electric power.
The approval rating of Borisov went down by 6% in the last month, of President, Rosen Plevneliev and his Deputy, Margarita Popova – by 3% each, of the Speaker of the Parliament, Tsetska Tsacheva – by 4%.
Criticism towards Borisov is growing since the start of the rallies, but he still enjoys significant support among those between the ages of 40 and 49, the wealthy, and people living in larger cities.
Parliamentary group leaders are losing ground as well, except Ataka leader, Volen Siderov, and UDF leader, Martin Dimitrov, who keep the levels from previous month.
Siderov, along with DPS leader, Ahmed Dogan, continue to have strong support from their parties' flowers and supporters, despite the general disapproval for them.
The Chairman of BSP, and of the Party of European Socialists, PES, former PM, Sergey Stanishev, is the most trusted leader of a parliamentary group with 26% approval rating. The approval of former President Georgi Parvanov is down by 2 percentage points.
Most ministers also lose public support, which has influenced the traditionally high ratings of other politicians and public figures such as the Mayor of Bulgaria's capital Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova – down by 5%, and the EU Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva – down by 6%. Kuneva's approval rating is also down by 6%.
More Bulgarians continue to disapprove of the Parliament then those approving of its work, despite the remaining significant support from GERB's followers. 71% of them also approve the work of the cabinet.
The army lost 6% of its rating after the ammo depot blasts.
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