Only three parties would cross voting threshold if elections were held today

The governing Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is still the most popular party in Serbia with 53.3% of electorate support, followed by the opposition Alliance for Serbia (SZS) with 15.3%.

These are the results of the latest survey conducted by the Centre for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSid).

Apart from the SNS and the SZS, only the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) would cross the voting threshold with 8.9% of votes.

The CeSid survey also shows that the organization of the Serbian Patriotic Alliance, headed by Aleksandar Sapic, is close to the threshold with 4.9%, as is the Civil Bloc 381 with 4.2%, which is also the percentage of votes that the Serbian Radical Party would get.

Far below the censuses are Dosta with 1.8 %, as well as SVM and LSV with 1.5%.

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Executive Director of CeSid, Bojan Klacar points out that it was surprising to see that 61% of the respondents had a clear choice in mind, which is something that has not happened in a while.

“As usual, the SNS has the support of over 50% of the electorate. In regards to the support for the SZS, that is the result of political consolidation that has happened lately. The fact remains that certain voters, who usually vote for smaller parties, are now decisively for one or the other block”, Klacar adds.

He also noted that the popularity of the Radicals has been constantly declining, while, as far as the bloc gathered around PSG Sasa Jankovic is concerned, it is evident that it has won over a segment of civic voters.

Klacar also notes that the popularity of the SPS has been stable for years, but also warns that the Socialists have a serious problem with “melting into” the SNS.

Still, what prevents this from happening is the popularity of the SPS leader, Ivica Dacic and the question remains how would the party fare if someone less popular was at its helm.

The survey also shows that the demarcation between Serbia and Kosovo, as a solution to the Kosovo issue, is supported by 25% of the respondents, while 44 % do not support it.

(B92, 09.10.2018)

This post is also available in: Italiano

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