More than 47% of Romanians would vote for the ruling National Liberal Party if parliamentary elections were held now, according to a new poll.
Some 20.6% would support the opposition left-wing Social Democrats Party, while 12.4% would opt for the centrist Save Romanian Union, according to a poll conducted by the Institute of Marketing, Analysis and Polling (IMAS) which was commissioned by radio station Europa FM and published Monday.
The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania would get 4.7%, while the Pro-Romania party of ex-Prime Minister Victor Ponta would pick up 3.8% of votes.
The survey was carried out between January 13-31. Some 1,007 people were interviewed. The margin of error was 3.1%.
Romania is scheduled to hold local elections this summer and parliamentary elections later this year.
Prime minister Ludovic Orban who heads the minority government said he will try to trigger early elections in the middle of the year. He is supported by President Klaus Iohannis.
The Social Democrats have submitted a vote of no-confidence against the Liberals over proposed changes to the electoral legislation which they view as undemocratic.
The motion needs to be voted by 233 lawmakers to be successful. It will be voted in Parliament this week.
The motion which is called „PNL/Orban government – the privatisation of Romanian democracy”, says the government should be urgently dismissed for changing the electoral system without prior consultation or debate.
Orban took office in November after Parliament ousted the Social-Democrat government led by Viorica Dancila in a no-confidence vote.