IRES poll: Basescu, the sincerest presidential candidate

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Independent presidential candidate Traian Basescu, endorsed by the Democratic-Liberal Party (PD-L), was the sincerest presidential candidate in the election campaign, reveal findings of a recent poll conducted by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES) released on Friday.

Thus, 34 percent of the respondents said Traian Basescu was the sincerest. He is followed by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mircea Geoana, with 25 percent; Crin Antonescu of the National Liberal Party (PNL), 14 percent; independent Sorin Oprescu, 3 percent, and Corneliu Vadim Tudor of the Greater Romania Party (PRM), 1 percent.
As far as the electoral programme of the candidates is concerned, a plurality of the respondents (34 percent) said they did not find out from the candidates what they want to do for Romania if they are elected.

The same poll indicates that during the campaigning, Traian Basescu mentioned the situation of Romanians the best, being the choice of 30 percent of the respondents. He is followed by Mircea Geoana, 29 percent; Crin Antonescu, 11 percent, Corneliu Vadim Tudor, Kelemen Hunor of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and other candidates, with one percent each.

Half of the respondents said they found some candidates to be pleasantly surprising, with 33 percent of them mentioning Crin Antonescu; 27 percent Mircea Geoana; 22 percent Traian Basescu; 5 percent Sorin Oprescu; 3 percent Corneliu Vadim Tudor, George ‘Gigi’ Becali and Remus Cernea, one percent Eduard Manole and other candidates.

At the same time, 46 percent of the respondents believe the deserving candidate won the presidential election. The IRES poll was conducted December 8-9 on a sample of 1,496 persons aged 18 and above through the CATI – computer assisted telephone interviewing – method. It carries an error margin of plus/minus 2.8 percent.

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