Bulgarian government's approval rating falls 4 points m/m to 26% in November - Gallup poll

By bne IntelliNews November 19, 2013

The approval rating of Bulgaria's government retreated to 26% in November from 30% the month before, according to a poll by Gallup International carried out in October 31 - November 7 among 1,012 participants. The rating is only 1pps higher than the one in June - the first month in power for the ruling coalition of BSP-MRF, marked by massive protests against perceived links between government and oligarchy. 

According to Gallup, in November, the senior ruling party BSP remained ahead of its main opposition - CEDB. The poll showed that 21.4% (down by 0.9 points m/m) of the registered voters would vote for BSP if elections were held today, whereas 18.1% (down by 1.1 point m/m) would cast a ballot for CEDB. Other parties that would enter if Bulgarians were voting in November are ethnic Turkish MRF (with a stable 5.9% voter support) and the Reformist Block (with an improved rating of 6.7%, up by 1 point m/m).

Support for nationalistic Ataka rose 1 point m/m to 2.4%, likely as a result of the extension of the moratorium on the purchase of agricultural land by foreigners. Bulgaria Without Censorship, the new outlet led by former media-boss and journalist Nikolay Barekov, gained 0.9 points from the previous poll to get 1.6% support in November's poll.

In October, a group of local students occupied the building of Bulgaria's largest university, which set the stage for similar sit-ins at dozens of university buildings across the country. The students' demonstration reignited the wave of anti-corruption protests, which began five months ago over the appointment of Delyan Peevski, a media mogul with alleged links to the underworld, as head of the national security agency. Though Peevski's appointment was later scrapped by parliament, his selection was seen by people as a proof that the government is controlled by shadowy interests. 

Month Polling agency CEDB BSP MRF Ataka NFSB BFC DSB Reformist block
Nov-13 Gallup 18.1% 21.4% 5.9% 2.4% 1.7% / / 6.7%
Oct-13 Alpha Research 16.5% 16.9% 6.1% 3.0% 2.6% / / 6.4%
Oct-13 Gallup 19.2% 22.3% 6.0% 1.4% 1.5% / / 5.7%
Sep-13 Alpha Research 17.1% 17.9% 6.1% 1.6% 2.8% / / 7.0%
Sep-13 Gallup 19.1% 22.4% 5.9% 2.7% 2.0% 2.0% / 6.2%
Sep-13 AFIS 19.9% 21.2% 6.5% 2.5% 2.8% / / 3.3%
Sep-13 Sova Harris 17.9% 20.9% 6.2% 2.1% 2.3% 1.1% 1.3% /
Aug-13 Alpha Research 15.6% 18.4% 5.8% 1.5% 3.1% / / 7.6%
Aug-13 Gallup 17.5% 21.7% 6.0% 2.4% 2.5% 2.6% 1.5% 6.7%
Jul-13 NCIOM 22-23% 19-20% 6-7% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% / /
Jul-13 Gallup 17.8% 21.6% 6.7% 1.8% 2.4% 2.6% 1.6% /
Jun-13 Gallup 18.4% 23.5% 7.6% 3.4% 1.3% 2.0% 1.5% /
May-13 Gallup 24.0% 23.6% 7.1% 3.6% 1.6% 3.7% 1.4% /
May-13 Alpha Research 19.0% 16.5% / / / / / /
Apr-13 NCIOM 23.6% 17.7% 6.0% 4.9% / 3.0% / /
Apr-13 Alpha Research 22.5% 16.9% 4.8% 4.9% 1.3% 2.9% 1.8% /
Compiled by IntelliNews                

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