Bulgaria’s April elections: Another poll sees tight race for first place

A poll by the Exacta Research Agency has become the latest to see a tight race for first place in Bulgaria’s April 2 early parliamentary elections.

The results of the poll, released on March 31, said that among those who intend to vote on April 2, Boiko Borissov’s GERB-UDF coalition had 26.2 per cent support and We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria’s electoral coalition 25.6 per cent.

On March 30, Alpha Research had GERB-UDF at 25.9 per cent among those intending to vote, with WCC-DB at 25.4 per cent. On March 28, Market Links said that WCC-DB had 23.7 per cent and GERB-UDF 22.3 per cent.

Exacta said that the difference in the figures for the two leading coalitions in its poll were well within the margin of error, making it impossible to predict which would be in first place and which would be second on April 2.

As the results of other polls have suggested, there is also a contest for third place, with Exacta’s poll showing the Movement for Rights and Freedoms at 13.7 per cent and Vuzrazhdane at 12.8 per cent.

The fifth party over the four per cent threshold to win a share of seats in the 49th National Assembly is the Bulgarian Socialist Party, at 7.4 per cent, according to Exacta’s poll results.

Forty-one per cent of those polled said that they would vote on April 2.

Thirteen per cent of those who intend voting have not yet decided which party they will vote for.

Among Bulgarians who are sure that they will vote on Sunday, 70 per cent said that they choose to vote using a machine, and 30 per cent paper ballots.

Exacta Research Group carried out the poll from March 21 to 26 2023 among 1050 adult Bulgarian citizens in 71 settlements across the country. The agency used its own funds to carry out the poll. A stratified two-stage sample was used with a quota based on basic socio-demographic characteristics. The methodology is a direct semi-standardized face-to-face interview. The poll was done within Bulgaria and does not reflect the attitudes of voters abroad.

(Photo: parliament.bg)

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