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Incumbent Grabar-Kitarovic keeps lead in polls ahead of Croatia's presidential vote

Author Iskra Pavlova
Incumbent Grabar-Kitarovic keeps lead in polls ahead of Croatia's presidential vote Croatia ahead of December 2019 presidential vote. Photo: HRT

ZAGREB (Croatia), November 21 (SeeNews) - Croatia's head of state Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic continues to lead opinion polls ahead of the presidential elections in the country in December, a public opinion survey showed.

Grabar-Kitarovic is backed by 28.9%, down 0.9 percentage points (pps) compared to October, while former prime minister Zoran Milanovic has 26.4% support, up by 0.6 pps, a survey conducted earlier this month among 1,400 people by Promocija Plus agency for public broadcaster HRT showed on Wednesday.

In the presidential race, Grabar-Kitarovic is supported by the governing centre-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), while opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) is backing Milanovic.

Musician Miroslav Skoro enjoys 17.6% support, down 1.5 pps, and former judge Mislav Kolakusic who heads the NLMK independent alliance has 12.1% backing, up 5.0 pps.

The share of undecided voters for the presidential vote has decreased by 1.6 pps month-on-month to 5.0% in November.

The survey also showed that a year before Croatia's next general election, HDZ remains ahead of its political rivals, even though the distance between it and opposition SDP is shrinking.

If the elections were held today, HDZ would gett 27.5% of the vote, up by 0.07 pps compared with last month's results. Its main rival SDP follows close behind with 25.4% support, up 0.73 pps from October, the survey showed.

Two more parties would pass the 5% election threshold, according to the poll - Kolakusic's NLMK, which recorded 7.6% support, up 1.63 pps, in the survey, followed by the Bridge of Independent Lists (Most) with 5.8%, up 0.13pps.

The number of undecided voters for the general elections increased by 0.73 pps this month to 11.6%.