Survey: Most Moldovans want nationwide presidential election
The opposition Moldovan Communist Party would enjoy the votes of 40 per cent of the population if a parliamentary election were held next week-end, according to a survey carried out by the Russian fund for humanitarian relations Priznanye.
The survey, which was held among 1,760 people from 71 settlements, showed that the Democratic Party would receive 14 per cent of the vote.
The fund's director, Yelena Miskova, said that the goal of the opinion poll was to specify the electorate's political preferences and readiness to participate in the ballot in case an early election is held.
"The survey showed that the Communist Party and the Democratic Party are the weightiest political forces. The data showed that their popularity ratings increased compared with July 2009. The Communists won back the part of the electorate that got disappointed in them and gave them in during the elections from April and July," she said. Miskova noted that the Democratic Party improved its rating at the expense of the right-wing electorate.
"At the same time, the popularity rating of the Moldovan Liberal Democratic Party stands at about 9 per cent and of the Liberal Party at 6 to 7 per cent," she said.
Miskova said that according to the survey, 80 per cent of the population is ready to elect the president in nationwide elections. With Moldova being a parliamentary republic, the president is elected by MPs. This prompted an ongoing political crisis as parliament has repeatedly failed to elect the head of state. The senior coalition party, Liberal Democratic Party, has been speaking in favour of a referendum to decide on nationwide presidential elections.
After the early parliamentary election from 29 July 2009, the Communist Party received 44.69 per cent of the vote, the Liberal Democratic Party 16.75 per cent, the Liberal Party 14.68 per cent, the Democratic Party 12.54 per ce nt and the Our Moldova Alliance 7.35 per cent.