Bulgarian Govt with Record-low Rating – Poll

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 16, 2013, Tuesday // 08:27
Bulgarian Govt with Record-low Rating – Poll: Bulgarian Govt with Record-low Rating – Poll If elections were to be held in Bulgaria now, only three parties would overcome the 4% threshold to win seats in the next Parliament - GERB, BSP, and DPS. File photo

The Socialist-endorsed government of Bulgarian Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, has started its term with 32% approval and the record-high 59% disapproval.

The data comes from a recent poll of the National Center for the Study of Public Opinion, NZIOM. The poll has been conducted between July 3 and 10 among 1 000 Bulgarians in voting age.

In comparison, during the first month of its term, the Cabinet of former Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and his Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, had 20% disapproval and 51% approval; the one of the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, Sergey Stanishev – 29% and 50% respectively; the one of the former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his National Movement for Stability and Prosperity, NMSP – 11% and 54%, and the one of Ivan Kostov and the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria – 24% and 60%.

Nearly two thirds of Bulgarians want the resignation of the government. 37% want an immediate resignation – they are people aged 39 and under, with highest living standards than the average. 42% of them live in the capital Sofia.

23% want the Cabinet to resign, but not immediately. They are between the ages of 40 and 49.

30% want the government to continue its work – half of them are 60 or older, with lower education degrees and lower living standards. 38% live in small villages.

Half of the respondents say they are dissatisfied with the results of the May 2013 elections and wish for new snap polls. Only 24% are satisfied.

58% support the anti-government protests, which are now in their second month – they are mainly people 49 years of age and under with highest living standards. 67% of Sofia residents, 57% of people living in regional centers and 65% of people living in smaller towns support the protests.

Half of those living in villages do not back the rallies – they are mainly over the age of 60, with elementary or middle school education and from the ethnic minorities.

47% believe the country will be better off if snap polls are to be held, while 35% believe it would be better for the Cabinet to finish its term.

If elections are to be held now, only three parties would overcome the 4% threshold to win seats in the next Parliament – the center-right GERB (22%-23%), the left-wing BSP (19%-20%) and the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS (6%-7%).

The far-right nationalist Ataka (Attack), the right-wing Bulgaria for Citizens of former EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, and the nationalist National Front for Salvage of Bulgaria, NFSB, are close to the threshold.

President, Rosen Plevneliev, enjoys the highest approval rating among Bulgarian politicians – slightly over 50% of the respondents support him.

He is followed by Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova (49%), former President, Georgi Parvanov (2001  -2011 – 46%), PM, Plamen Oresharski (37%), and ex PM and GERB leader, Boyko Borisov (34%).

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