Bulgarians Overwhelmingly Back Chief Prosecutor Tsatsarov
The majority of Bulgarians admire the actions of the Prosecutor's Office in the seizing of 350 000 illegally printed ballots ahead of the May 12 general elections, according to a recent poll.
The poll has been conducted by Sova Harris through phone interviews with 504 voters in the largest Bulgarian cities.
69% of the polled approve the actions of Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov – 89% of the supporters of the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and 61% of the followers of the formerly-ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB.
51% believe the prosecution acted without prejudice and political bias in probing and seizing the ballots – 86% of the supporters of the far-right nationalist Ataka party, 78% of those backing BSP, 58% of people who voted for smaller parties which did not pass the 4% threshold to win Parliamentary seats, 49% of GERB's voters and about 33% of those who did not go to the polls.
60% of people over the age of 51 believe in the impartiality of the Prosecutor's Office, 50% of those aged 41 to 50, 43% of those between the ages of 18 and 40%.
27% say the prosecution was biased – 38% of those who did not vote and 35% of GERB's supporters.
56% of respondents are convinced that the 350 000 ballots in the printing house in Kostinbrod near Sofia are illegal and not spoilage and were to be used to manipulate the vote – 79% of Ataka voters, 78% of BSP voters, 72% of voters for smaller parties, 68% of those who did not go to the polls, and 20% of GERB's voters.
Every other GERB supporter believes the ballots were spoilage.
61% approve of the actions of the entire prosecution – 93% from Ataka, 75% from BSP, 69% of smaller parties' followers, 56% of those who did not vote, and 53% of GERB voters.
52% of the polled believe in the information on the Kostinbrod case coming from the Prosecutor's Office, and only 14% - in unanimous tipoffs sent to the media.
27% have watched Tsatsarov's press conference about the seized ballots – 46% of BSP voters, 31% of GERB's ones, 24% of those who voted for smaller parties, and 18% of those who did not go to the polls on May 12.
37% did not follow the press conference.
Meanwhile, 80% of respondents support Tsatsarov in his move to strip immunity from former Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov over the alleged mass unauthorized wiretapping in the country.
23% see the May 12 vote as fair, 40% believe the opposite – the elections have been manipulated through vote buying and other scams.
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