Public Support for Govt Remains Steady - Poll

Public Support for Govt Remains Steady - Poll

Public support for the government remains steady at the level of three months ago but approval of the ruling party GERB continues to gradually erode, a survey by Alpha Research agency showed.

Prime minister Boiko Borisov's cabinet enjoys 22% approval, as disapproval of its work dropped to 33% from 36% three months ago, data from the survey showed on Thursday. As much as 45% of the respondents refrained from expressing an opinion.

GERB is supported by 22.3% of voters. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has added one percentage point to its rating, which now stands at 18%. The Bulgaria for the Citizens association is supported by 5.5% of voters but its leader Meglena Kuneva is backed by 27%.

The recent split between the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) and the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), formerly part of the Blue Coalition, sharply reduced support for the two former partners to 2.1% for the UDF and 1.7% for DSB.

The share of people who approve of President Rosen Plevneliev remained more than double that of people who disapprove of him at 39% versus 15%, though support for him has dropped by four percentage points from the previous three months.

The survey was conducted between May 31 and June 7 among 1,025 respondents.

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