No more political heavy weights? Romanians prefer independent politicians, poll says

No more political heavy weights? Romanians prefer independent politicians, poll says

Bucharest, May 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

Most Romanians would vote a local independent candidate for mayor in the next local elections, shows an INSCOP barometer published today, which shows a major shift in the citizens’ political preferences so far channeled towards large parties.

According to the poll, 53.1 per cent of the Romanians claimed that they would vote for a local independent personality for mayor in the next local elections, without any connection to the current political parties. As many as 22.4 per cent said they won’t vote for an independent as a mayor and 24.5 declined to answer.

Furthermore, the willingness to vote for a local personality without any connection to the local political parties amounted to 48.6 per cent among the secondary-school graduates, 52.3 per cent among the high school graduates and 59.9 per cent among the university graduates. As many as 57.9 per cent of those with small incomes would vote for an independent, 52 per cent with medium incomes would vote for an independent and 65.5 per cent of those with high-paying jobs or careers.

At the same time, 56.3 per cent of the urban population would vote for an independent mayor, while among the respondents in the rural area 48.9 per cent would have the same option. By regions, as many as 45.8 per cent of the respondents from Moldova and Bucovina would vote for an independent, 52 per cent of those from Muntenia, Oltenia and Dobrogea, 60.8 per cent of those from Banat, Crisana and Maramures, and 57.4 per cent of those from Transylvania (all historic provinces).

The polls also revealed that 43.9 per cent of the respondents believe that mayor still in office would be re-elected if he candidate again in the local elections of 2016, 36.4 per cent believed he won’t be re-elected and 19.7 per cent declined to answer.

According to the study, quoted by Agerpres, 43.5 per cent of the respondents said they would vote in 2016 if the incumbent mayor ran again, while 38 per cent said they won’t vote and 18.4 per cent declined to answer.

The poll was commissioned by daily Adevarul and conducted by INSCOP Research, April 23-30, on a sample of 1,085 representative respondents aged 18 years and above. It carries a maximum margin of error of plus/minus 3 percentage point and an accuracy rate of 95 percent. The findings were collected using questionnaires filled by pollsters at the respondents’ residence.