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

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

SOFIA (Bulgaria), March 8 (SeeNews) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will win 30.2% of the vote if early parliamentary elections were held now, just ahead of their main opponent conservative GERB party, a new poll showed on Wednesday.

Support for GERB was 28.3%, according to the survey, commissioned and conducted by Gallup International Balkan among 1003 respondents across Bulgaria between February 27 and March 5.

Besides BSP and GERB, four other political parties will enter Bulgaria’s new parliament elections were held now.

Nationalist coalition Patriotic Front will win 11.9%, while support for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), which represents mainly ethnic Turks and Muslims, is seen at 8.2%.

Volya (Will) party led by businessman Veselin Mareshki will receive 7.4%, the results show.

The coalition between right-wing Reformist Block (RB) and Glas Naroden (Voice of the People) party, which was formed on February 17, is seen at 4.3%, according to the results of the survey published on the website of the polling agency.

Voter turnout is expected to be around 55%.

The results of the poll are consistent with those of Gallup International Balkan’s previous one, published on January 30, which also saw six parties entering Bulgaria’s 240-seat parliament, with the Socialists holding a slim lead of 28.7% versus 27.6% for GERB.

Bulgaria will hold early general elections on March 26.

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