Start of the year poll, ups and downs of the majority and opposition in Albania

Start of the year poll, ups and downs of the majority and opposition in Albania

Tirana, January 5, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

A poll carried out in Albania to measure the opinion of the citizens on the main parties in the country, has suggested ups and downs in the ranks of the majority and a slight growth of the opposition.

“Barometer” poll suggests a significant fall of the number of people who are willing to vote. In the poll, 1200 respondents responded to the question as to who they voted for and who are they ready to vote for. The poll suggests that the Socialist Party, the main party of the majority, may be voted by 75 thousand fewer voters than in 2013 (from 710 thousand a year and a half ago to around 635 thousand today).

On the other hand, 55 thousand more citizens than in 2013 are ready to vote for the Democratic Party (from 530 thousand a year and a half ago to 585 thousand today).

Socialist Movement for Integration, the second political force of the majority, today has 10 thousand votes more than in June 2013 (from 180 thousand a year and a half ago, to 190 thousand today).

A drastic fall is seen for other small parties. Albania has around 80 political parties, but their number of voters has seen a fall by 220 thousand today as opposed to June 2013 (from 300 thousand a year and a half ago to around 80 thousand today).

In total, 1.49 million voters are ready to vote for current parties, as opposed to 1.72 million in June 2013.

In June 2013, 31% of all eligible voters voted for the defeated coalition, 21% didn’t vote at all and 2% voted for independent parties and candidates.

Currently, out of 3,37 million Albanian eligible voters, only 2,17 million live in Albania.

Analyst Eduard Zaloshnja chairs the “Barometer” poll institute. He says that half of 1200 respondents were contacted through landline and they were spread out proportionally throughout the country. The other half was contacted by mobile phone in order to receive the opinion of those citizens who do not have access to a landline. “The sample was balanced geographically, demographically and politically in order to have a more accurate representation of eligible voters living in urban and rural areas”, says Zaloshnja. /ibna/