Bulgarians Divided over New Snap Elections – Poll
Thursday, 01 January 1970
Bulgarians remain divided if the Socialist-led cabinet of prime minister Plamen Oresharski should bow to public pressure and step down, a survey showed.
As many as 41% of the respondents said the cabinet should resign, versus 40% who hold the opposite view, a poll by Gallup International showed. Nineteen percent would not take a stand.
Some 35% support holding new snap elections and 39% are against.
If elections were held today only three parties - the Bulgarian Socialist Party, GERB and the ethnic Turks’ Movement for Rights and Freedoms – would make it into parliament. The ultra-nationalist party Ataka would get just 1.8% of the votes, the poll showed.
The poll gives the Socialist party a slight lead over GERB. The MRF would control a similar number of seats in Parliament.
A total of 43% of the respondents said the anti-government protests should stop, while 43% believe they should continue.
Thousands of Bulgarians have been staging protest rallies for nearly a month, demanding the cabinet’s resignation. The mass protests were triggered by the appointment of Delyan Peevski, a controversial media mogul with no relevant professional experience, as head of the national security authority. Only a few days later, parliament withdrew the nomination but protesters continued to take to the streets every day, accusing the incumbents of serving oligarchic interests.