Were Bulgaria to hold elections today, Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB would get 25.9 per cent and the Bulgarian Socialist Party would be far behind with 15.3 per cent, according to a poll by the Exacta Research agency.
Exacta is one of two Bulgarian opinion polling agencies that came the closest to predicting the results of the country’s May 25 2014 European Parliament elections.
On July 25, in the run-up to Bulgaria’s early national parliamentary elections to be held on October 5 2014, Exacta said that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (partner with the BSP in the outgoing ruling axis) had 6.6 per cent, the Reformist Bloc six per cent and the populist Bulgaria Without Censorship 5.2 per cent.
The poll was done between July 11 and 15, ending nine days before the resignation of the government and some days before it was confirmed that nationalist VMRO was quitting its election coalition with former television talk show host Nikolai Barekov’s BWC. VMRO is to stand in October in a coalition with Valeri Simeonov’s ultra-nationalist National Movement for the Salvation of Bulgaria.
Exacta saw Georgi Purvanov’s BSP splinter, the ABC movement, as having 3.2 per cent, the National Movement for the Salvation of Bulgaria at 2.3 per cent and far-right ultra-nationalist Volen Siderov’s Ataka party at two per cent. These figures would see none of these three parties winning seats in the 43nd National Assembly.
Exacta said that support for the BSP could change depending on the outcome of its election of a new leader at a special congress to be held on July 27. The agency said that since its previous poll, the BSP had lost five points while GERB had gained two.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)