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Incumbent Grabar-Kitarovic remains favourite to win Croatia's presidential vote in Dec - poll

Author Iskra Pavlova
Incumbent Grabar-Kitarovic remains favourite to win Croatia's presidential vote in Dec - poll Croatia ahead of 2020 elections, Photo: HRT

ZAGREB (Croatia), October 21 (SeeNews) - Incumbent head of state Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic remains favourite to win Croatia's presidential elections in December, the results of an opinion poll show.

Grabar-Kitarovic maintains the lead with 29.8% (up 1.3 percentage points (pps) compared to September), followed by former prime minister Zoran Milanovic with 25.8% (up 1.1pps), a survey conducted during October 14-18 among 1,400 people for public broadcaster HRT by Promocija Plus agency showed on Sunday.

The survey has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.62%.

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.

Other popular presidential candidates include musician Miroslav Skoro with 19.1% support (up 0.8pps) and former judge Mislav Kolakusic who heads the independent alliance around Mislav Kolakusic, NLMK, with 7.1% (down 1.5pps).

The share of undecided voters for the presidential vote has decreased by 0.5pps month-on-month to 6.7% in October.

The survey also showed that a year before Croatia's next general election, HDZ remains ahead of its political rivals.

If the elections were held today, HDZ would attract 27.4% of the vote, down 0.27pps compared with last month's results. Its main rival SDP comes second and very close to HDZ with 24.6% support (down 0.19pps from September), the survey showed.

Two other players would pass the 5% election threshold, according to the poll - Kolakusic's NLMK, which recorded 6.0% support in the survey, followed by the Bridge of Independent Lists (Most) with 5.6%. Support for both parties recorded a marginal increase in October.

The number of undecided voters for the general elections has also decreased by 0.65pps to 10.9%.