A poll by the Exacta Research group released on March 24, the final day of campaigning in Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections, saw Boiko Borissov’s GERB as having 31.2 per cent support and the Bulgarian Socialist Party 28.1 per cent.
In third place was the nationalist United Patriots coalition, of VMRO, the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria and Volen Siderov’s Ataka, with 10.5 per cent.
Fourth was the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, with 7.6 per cent, followed by Vesselin Mareshki’s Volya party with 6.5 per cent and the Reformist Bloc-Glas Naroden coalition with four per cent.
If the poll is borne out by the actual results of Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 early elections for the National Assembly, this would mean a parliament with six parliamentary groups.
Those below the four per cent threshold for election, according to Exacta, included socialists ABC-Movement 21 (2.6 per cent), the New Republic coalition (2.6 per cent), Hristo Ivanov’s Yes Bulgaria (1.5 per cent).
Between them, other parties would get about three per cent.
Exacta said that 2.4 per cent of those polled said that they would tick the “I don’t support anyone” option on the ballot paper.
The Exacta Research Group poll was done between March 17 and 22 2017, among 1000 adult Bulgarian citizens. It involved face-to-face interviews with respondents in 125 cities and towns and 91 small settlements. No external funding was involved and Exacta Research Group used its own funds to carry out the survey.
(Photo: (c) Clive Leviev-Sawyer)