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Croatia's governing HDZ remains favourite to win 2020 election - poll

Author Iskra Pavlova
Croatia's governing HDZ remains favourite to win 2020 election - poll Governing HDZ remains favourite to win Croatia's 2020 general elections, photo: RTL

ZAGREB (Croatia), November 11 (SeeNews) - The governing centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) would win Croatia's next general election if it were held today, the results of an opinion survey show almost a year before the vote.

HDZ remains ahead of its political rivals, with 27.9% support (up 0.5 percentage points compared to a month earlier), a survey conducted during November 4-8 among 1,300 people for public broadcaster RTL Hrvatska by Promocija Plus agency showed on Sunday.

The survey has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.77%.

Croatia's next parliamentary election is due to take place in late 2020 and opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) is already very close to HDZ with 24.8% support (also up by 0.5 pps compared to October), the survey showed.

Third is the independent alliance around former judge Mislav Kolakusic, NLMK, with 6.2% (up by 0.1 pps compared to the previous survey). It is followed by the Bridge of Independent Lists (Most) with 5.7% (up by 0.2 pps).

No other party, coalition nor independent candidate would pass the 5%-threshold to enter parliament if the elections were held today.

According to the latest survey, the percentage of undecided voters for the general elections is 11.5%.

HDZ won 61 of 151 seats in the national assembly in Croatia's last general election held in 2016. Several months after the vote it formed a coalition government with the Most and national minority parties.

However, Most left the coalition in the spring of 2017 over disagreements on how the government handled the crisis in Croatian food and retail concern Agrokor. HDZ managed to replace Most with the Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats (HNS) in the coalition, securing adequate parliament support for the government led by prime minister Andrej Plenkovic.