Voter support for Serbia's governing SNS party rises to 42.1% in Jan 2014 - opinion poll

By bne IntelliNews January 28, 2014

Serbia's governing party SNS, which last week pushed for early elections in March, is enjoying the support of 42.1% of the Serb voters, according to a Faktor Plus opinion poll, quoted by daily Politika on Jan 28.

The survey suggests that SNS, which now governs in coalition with the Socialist SPS party, will most likely grab a comfortable victory in the March snap vote and strengthen its position in power. It won the previous elections held in May 2012 with 24% but failed to secure a parliament majority to form the government alone.

The latest Faktor Plus poll was conducted in January 20-26, 2014. It shows the SNS popularity has slightly risen from the previous survey carried out in September 2013 when the largest party in the country was supported by 41.5% of the polled.

According to the January survey, the opposition Democratic Party DS would attract the votes of 13.9% of the citizens in the next election, while SPS of PM Ivica Dacic would gain 10.5%. The other two parties that would pass the 5% threshold are DSS of former president and PM Vojislav Kostunica (6.8%) and the Liberal LDP party of Cedomir Jovanovic (5%).

The head of Faktor Plus, Vladimir Pejic, said the big question in the pending early elections is whether SNS will gain enough votes to form a cabinet alone.  

According to the survey results, 48% of the voters plan to cast their vote, of which the majority 41pps knows who they will choose, while the remaining 7pps is undecided. Some 28% of the polled said they will not vote, while 24% are not sure yet whether their will use their voting right.

SNS leader and deputy PM Aleksandar Vucic in the weekend called for holding early elections in March, arguing the party needs to consolidate its position to speed up planned economic and social reforms. President Tomislav Nikolic is expected to call the elections this week for March 16 - parallel with the local elections in the capital Belgrade.

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