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Bulgarian Socialists to hold 0.4% lead over GERB in snap vote - poll

Bulgarian Socialists to hold 0.4% lead over GERB in snap vote - poll Author: Municipality of Sofia. License: All rights reserved.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 20 (SeeNews) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will win 30.3% of the vote if early parliamentary elections were held now, just ahead of their main opponent conservative GERB party which is expected to receive 29.9% support, according to the results of a new poll unveiled on Sunday.

Six political parties will enter the 240-seat parliament, according to the results of the survey commissioned and conducted by Gallup International Balkan among 1012 respondents in the period March 10 - March 15. Bulgaria will hold early general elections on March 26.

GERB has a wider voter base but the voters who will support the Socialists are more mobilised, the survey has found.

Besides BSP and GERB, four other political parties and coalitions will pass the 4.0% threshold to enter Bulgaria’s new parliament.

Support for nationalist coalition Patriotic Front is seen at 11.5%, while the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), which represents mainly ethnic Turks and Muslims, is expected to win 8.1%, according to the survey.

Volya (Will) party, led by businessman Veselin Mareshki, is expected to garner 6.5% support.

The coalition between right-wing Reformist Bloc (RB) and Glas Naroden (Voice of the People) party, which was formed on February 17, is seen at 4.4%, according to the results of the survey published on the website of the polling agency.

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