Poll: Economy main worry for Bulgarians as winter approaches

Worries about the economy and household income are the leading concern among Bulgarians regarding the coming months, according to a poll done by Alpha Research for Bulgarian National Television’s weekly programme Referendum.

Asked their main concerns, 42 per cent of Bulgarians polled cited the economy and household income, 24.5 per cent the state of the health care system and 31.6 per cent cited the impossibility that the next Parliament – due to be elected on November 14 – would produce a government and further political instability would result.

Asked if the next Parliament would produce a government, 54.6 per cent said no while 39.2 per cent said that they believed it would.

The Alpha Research poll for BNT showed Slavi Trifonov’s ITN party, which won the largest share of seats in the National Assembly in the July elections, now hard-hit in terms of voter support.

Of those who voted for ITN in July, just 57.9 per cent said that they would do so again in November.

Of those who voted for Boiko Borissov’s GERB in July, 87.1 per cent said that they would do so again, of those who voted for the Bulgarian Socialist Party 86.1 per cent, for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms 82.5 per cent and for the Democratic Bulgaria coalition, 78.5 per cent. Fifty-six per cent who voted for the “Rise Up Bulgaria! We’re Coming” coalition said that they would repeat their vote.

The poll found that 27.3 per cent did not intend voting in November, while of those who did not vote in July, 6.1 per cent said that they would vote in the next election.

The Alpha Research poll findings come as the 46th National Assembly is set to be dissolved on September 16.

Asked which parliamentary groups had acted most responsibly, 15.1 per cent said the “new parties, the protest parties” – meaning ITN, Democratic Bulgaria and “Rise Up Bulgaria! We’re Coming” – while 14.6 per cent said the “systemic parties”, meaning GERB, the BSP and the MRF. A total of 62.3 per cent said “neither”.

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