Albania’s left-wing coalition likely winner in June 23 vote – poll.

By bne IntelliNews June 5, 2013

Albania’s left-wing coalition, led by the opposition Socialist Party (SP), would most likely win the next general elections on June 23, a poll conducted by Italian company IPR Marketing for Albanian TV Ora News showed. Support for the opposition increased to 50% from 48% in the previous survey, conducted on May 20. At the same time, support for the right-wing coalition of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) weakened by 0.5pps to 48%.

In terms of individual parties, the SP would be favoured by 40% of the voters, followed by the DP with 38.5%. The SP’s pre-election coalition partner, the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI) would be the choice of 6.3% of the voters.

The New Democratic Spirit of former president Bamir Topi and nationalist Red and Black Alliance, which formed a party in March 2012, would get 3.7% and 2%, respectively.

A poll conducted by Italian Piepoli Institute for local Vizion Plus in early May also showed the Socialists-led coalition holding the lead with 49% over the Democratic Party's backing of 40%.

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