Fresh Poll Confirms Bulgaria's GERB Crashing Ratings

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Fresh Poll Confirms Bulgaria's GERB Crashing Ratings: Fresh Poll Confirms Bulgaria's GERB Crashing Ratings According to recent polls, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is losing grounds less than one year ahead of the parliamentary election. Photo by BGNES

The work of the Cabinet of the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, is approved by 31% of Bulgarians while the disproval has reached 55%.

Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov's approval and disapproval ratings have a narrower margin - 45% and 46%, respectively.

The poll has been conducted by the National Center for Study of Public Opinion (NZIOM) between September 20 and 27 among 1 000 people.

Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, enjoys the highest ratings -45%, same as Borisov. Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov is second with 41%, followed by Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov (37%), Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov (36%) and Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov (35%).

Regarding the newest members of the Cabinet, as Economy and Energy Minister, Delyan Dobrev, becomes more and more visible, his approval ratings are climbing up to 34.8% against 27% disproval. The same is not valid for Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova, who has only 25.5% approval and 40.3% disapproval.

Along with Atanasova, Bulgarians are the most disappointed with Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov - 23.9% approval and 64.8% disapproval, and with the Minister of Social Policy and Labor, Totyu Mladenov with 25.7% and 51%, respectively.

If the vote was to be held today, four parties would make it to the Parliament - GERB (26.8%), the opposition, left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP (17.5%), the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS (7%), and Bulgaria for Citizens movement-turned-party of former European Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva (4.3%).

A possible coalition between the far-right, nationalist parties Ataka and VMRO would increase their chances. Ataka gets 3% of the respondents' approval and expands its influence in the urban areas.

About 33% of those polled say they are not going to vote.

The army and the police, with 39% each, remain the most approved institutions, but the approval of the police is down over recent criminal cases involving policemen and police protests.

According to a poll on public opinions of the Alfa Research agency, conducted in September and released Tuesday, for the first time since GERB took office, nearly every other person has a negative opinion of its policies. 45% of respondents disapprove of the government while the share of its supporters is down to 18%.

Also for the first time, approval of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is lower than the disapproval 32% and 37% respectively.

In the Alfa Research poll, the approval ratings of all ministers are down as well, except the one of Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, whose ratings are up significantly.

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