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RUN-OFF IN CHISINAU WILL BE BETWEEN ION CEBAN AND SILVIA RADU - OPINION POLL

07 may, 2018
RUN-OFF IN CHISINAU WILL BE BETWEEN ION CEBAN AND SILVIA RADU - OPINION POLL

Had a mayoral election in Chisinau been held next Sunday, its first round would produce two finalists - Ion Ceban of the Party of Socialists and the only independent candidate Silvia Radu, the capital city's Acting Mayor until recently. Such are the findings of the opinion poll carried out recently by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova and presented at the news agency Infotag on Monday.

According to the poll, readiness to vote for Ion Ceban was stated by 27.6% interviewed citizens, and for Silvia Radu - 27.1%.

Following next are: candidate Andrei Nastase, Chairman of the political party called Platform "Demnitate si Adevar" [DA, "Dignity and Justice"], with 13.2%; Romanian parliamentarian Constantin Codreanu representing the National Unity Party (PUN) of Moldova - with 3.8%; Valeriu Munteanu of the Liberal Party - 2%; Regina Apostolova of Ilan Shor Party - 1.3%.

The rest of 12 competing candidates have received less than 1% each. 13.3% voters were uncertain as on the interview moment, and 8.3% stated they would not go to the polls.

Among the respondents who have already made up their political choice, Ion Ceban would poll 35.2% ballots, Silvia Radu - 34.6%, Andrei Nastase 16.8%, Constantin Codreanu 4.8%, Valeriu Munteanu 2.5%, Regina Apostolova 1.7%.

Association Chairman Victor Mocanu said at the presentation that despite the support rendered to the DA Platform candidate by Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) Chairperson Maya Sandu, only a half of her electorate stated readiness to vote for Andrei Nastase.

Mocanu explained that Ceban and Sandu are enjoying the voters' highest trust because they are more active than all the rest and because they are mentioned by the media more often. However, closer to the election, the alignment of forces may change due to the grown activities of other candidates, which usually happens 10 or so days before elections.

Nearly 44% respondents stated they would necessarily go to the polls on May 20; 24.4% said they would go "most probably"; 14.9% were hesitant; 9.7% would definitely not go; and 7.2% haven't decided yet.

A half of the interviewed citizens believe the new Mayor of Chisinau must be a technocrat and a good and experienced economy organizer having a perfect knowledge of citizens' problems. And 25.8% citizens want to see in the mayor's chair a clever politician having an influence on political circles.

Almost 32% interviewed citizens prefer to have a man on the Chisinau Mayor's post, 14.4% - a woman, and 48.2% believe the sex of candidates does not matter.

In the respondents' opinions, the new Mayor should first and foremost focus on road repair - 36.9%; ecology and city cleansing and tidying up - 25.7%, combating of corruption in the Chisinau Primaria [city government] - 16.8%, development of public transport - 16.4%, development of social infrastructure in the city - 14.9%, improvement of citizens' living standards - 14.2%, stabilization of the economic situation in the city - 13.4%, raising of the city management efficiency - 10.4%. 63.4% interviewed citizens believe Chisinau Mayor has enough plenary powers for solving the above problems, and 30.5% do not believe in this.

The opinion poll was held in Chisinau on April 21 through May 2, and it covered 1,182 adult respondents. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of В±2.8%.


CANDIDATES OF PSRM AND OP MAINTAIN LEAD IN ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN BALTI

The main struggle for the Balti Mayor's post will unfold between the candidates of the Party of Socialists - Alexander Usatii, and of Our Party - Nicolai Grigorishin, as per the findings of the opinion poll carried out by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova and presented at the news agency Infotag on Monday.

Had the snap mayoral election been held on the nearest Sunday, Alexander Usatii would receive 31.8% ballots, and Nicolai Grigorishin - 28.9%. DA Platform candidate Arina Spataru would receive 5.9%, independent Elena Gritco - 3.5%, candidate Pavel Verejan of Ilan Shor Party - 3.3%, Simion Gutu of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) - 2.4%, Sergiu Burlacu of the National Unity Party (PUN) - 2.1%, and Oleg Topolnitsky of the Russian Slavic Party (RSP) - 1.4%.

The rest candidates failed to clear the 1% barrier. 5.1 % respondents were uncertain yet, and 5.6% stated they were not going to vote at all.

Among those who have made up their mind, Alexander Usatii would poll 40.1%, Nicolai Grigorishin - 36.4%, Spataru - 7.5%, Gritco - 4.4%, Verejan - 4.1%, Gutu - 3%, Burlacu - 2.6%, and Topolnitsky 1.8%. Slightly over 44% respondents were sure they would go to the polls on May 20, 23.3% said they would go "most probably", 16.6% were doubtful, 10.6% stated they would not go - definitely.

30.2% interviewed citizens said they would like to have a man on the mayor's post, 19.9% -- a woman, and 40.5% said that did not matter.

The respondents believe that the new Mayor should focus first of all on road repair (42.5%), environment protection (21.6%), city modernization (17.6%), city economy development (12.3%), struggle against corruption (10.7%), ensuring of the city's independence of the central Moldovan authorities (8.6%), public transport development (8%), raising of living standards (7.3%), and reduction of migration (5.7%).

The opinion poll was held in Balti on April 21 through May 2, and it covered 600 adult respondents. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of В±3%.

 MOST CHISINAU AND BALTI CITIZENS PERCEIVE REFORMS IN MOLDOVA NEGATIVELY - OPINION POLL

A majority of citizens living in Moldova's two biggest cities, Chisinau and Balti, have a fairly negative attitude to the reforms under way in Moldova. Such is one of the findings of the opinion poll carried out recently by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova and presented at the news agency Infotag on Monday.

According to the research data, only 2.3% Chisinau citizens and 4.5% in Balti regard the reforms being run by the incumbent pro-European authorities of Moldova as very efficient, 20.5% and 22.7%, respectively, -- as efficient, 56.7% and 46.1% -- as inefficient, and 15.7% and 19.6% as useless.

8.5% in Chisinau and 5.6% in Balti believe that the reforms "considerably promote" the development of democracy in the country, 27.3% and 24.4% -- that "promote", 24.9% and 23.4% -- that the reforms play an insignificant role in democratization, and 21.9% and 27.5% said the reforms are useless. Moldova citizens appear to be quite skeptical also towards the reform of the central public governance (optimization of ministries and other state agencies). Thus, 26.5% respondents in Chisinau and 23.3% in Balti believe that the reform will only lead to yet a greater politicization at appointing officials to sensitive state posts, 25.4% and 20.8% believe that the reform will generate more problems at service rendering, 22.8% and 25.2% -- will worsen the state governance, 22.3% and 25.5% -- that the reform will further strengthen state power in the hands of one political party, and 21.6% and 27.2% think this reform will only aggravate the red tape.

17.9% and 19.1%, respectively, presume that the reform will lead to improvement of the state management, 16.3% and 14.9% -- will optimize the Government's expenditures; 9.8% and 10.7% -- will improve the quality of State-provided services, and only 4.9% and 5.5% believe the reform will lead to de-politicization of the executive power.

The opinion poll was held in Chisinau on April 21 through May 2, and it covered 1,182 adult respondents in Chisinau and 600 in Balti. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of В±2.8% in the capital city and 3% in Balti.

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