Maia Sandu and Igor Dodon have commanding lead in presidential competition, poll

In the case of the presidential election, Maia Sandu and Igor Dodon are in a commanding position in the competition with 35% and, respectively, 16% of the vote. In the event of the runoff vote, the incumbent President would emerge victorious in the competition with Igor Dodon, Ion Ceban or Irina Vlah, shows a survey conducted by CBS Research and commissioned by WatchDog.MD.
The survey was carried out during April 6-13and covered a sample of 1,008 people aged 18 and older. The margin of sampling error is ±3%.

In a press conference hosted by IPN, sociologist Vasile Cantarji, from CBS Research, said that 41% of respondents believe that things in the country follow a right direction, while 45% consider that things go wrong. The optimistic perception prevails among Romanian-speaking respondents.

Among politicians, Maia Sandu enjoys the biggest trust – 46%, being followed by Ion Ceban – 37%, and Igor Dodon – 36%. The highest level of distrust is in the case of Ilan Shor – 66%, followed by Igor Dodon – 61%, and Vladimir Voronin – 60% of respondents who said that they don’t have much trust in them or don’t trust them at all. “It’s a question we repeat survey after survey. This time we didn’t ask open questions about the trust in political leaders. We had a list of names that were proposed to respondents to say if they have much, some trust, do not have much confidence, do not have confidence at all or possibly do not know the respective political leader,” said WatchDog.MD head Valeriu Pașa.

According to him, in the case of parliamentary elections, almost 72% of those surveyed expressed a voting option, 7% said they would not cast their vote, while others said that they haven’t yet decided or didn’t answer. Out of those who have already decided, 41.5% would vote for the Party of Action and Solidarity, 23% for the Party of Socialists, 8.5% for the Chance Party, while 7% for the Party of Communists. Thus, four parties would have big chances of entering Parliament.

“Regarding the potential results of the parliamentary elections, we warn both journalists and commentators to be very careful when they interpret these data because they represent a snapshot and under no circumstances can they be transformed into a projection very close to the results of the eventual elections that are to take place in over a year from now,” said the head of WatchDog.MD.

The research was organized within the project “Maintaining the resilience of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova”, which is implemented by WatchDog.MD Community with the support of the Open Society Foundations.

Note: IPN Agency offers the right of reply to persons who consider themselves targeted in the news made from the statements of the organizers of this press conference, including by facilitating the organization of another press conference under similar conditions.

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