Bulgaria’s April 2023 elections: Tight race for first place – poll

With a few days to go to Bulgaria’s April 2 early parliamentary elections, a poll by the Market Links agency shows the We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria electoral coalition having 23.7 per cent support among those intending to vote, with Boiko Borissov’s 1.4 percentage points behind, at 22.3 per cent.

The gap between WCC-DB and GERB-UDF is wider than it was in Market Links’s poll at the start of the official campaign period, when it was 0.5 percentage points.

Were the results of the poll to be borne out by Sunday’s vote, there would be five parliamentary groups in Bulgaria’s 49th National Assembly, following the country’s fifth parliamentary elections in two years.

The poll found the Movement for Rights and Freedoms in third place, with 13.6 per cent support, followed by Kostadin Kostadinov’s pro-Kremlin party Vuzrazhdane with 11.4 per cent.

Fifth and last is Kornelia Ninova’s Bulgarian Socialist Party, with 7.3 per cent support.

Below the four per cent threshold for a share of seats in Bulgaria’s next National Assembly is The Left electoral coalition, at 3.2 per cent, television presenter Slavi Trifonov’s ITN party at 2.3 per cent and former caretaker prime minister Stefan Yanev’s Bulgaria Ascending at 2.1 per cent, according to the Market Links poll.

According to the poll results, 13.7 per cent of those who intend voting on April 2 have not decided in whose favour to cast their ballot.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

The poll was financed and implemented jointly by Market Links and television station bTV. It was carried out among 1014 Bulgarian citizens over the age of 18 from March 21 to 27, using direct personal interviews and online polling.

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