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(03/18/08) -

Ruling Socialists Still Ahead in Portugal

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The governing Socialist Party (PS) leads all other political organizations in Portugal by a thin margin, according to a poll by Marktest released by Diario de Noticias and TSF. 36 per cent of respondents would back the PS in the next general election, down two points since January.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The governing Socialist Party (PS) leads all other political organizations in Portugal by a thin margin, according to a poll by Marktest released by Diario de Noticias and TSF. 36 per cent of respondents would back the PS in the next general election, down two points since January.

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) is second with 33 per cent, followed by the Unitarian Democratic Coalition (CDU)—which includes the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Environmental Party "The Greens" (OV)—with 13 per cent, the Leftist Bloc (BE) with eight per cent, and the Social Democratic Centre / Popular Party (CDS/PP) with six per cent.

The Socialists won the February 2005 parliamentary ballot, garnering 45.3 per cent of the vote and electing 121 lawmakers to the 230-seat Assembly of the Republic. Socialist leader Jose Socrates took over as prime minister in March. In September 2007, Luis Filipe Menezes was elected as the new leader of the right-leaning PSD.

On Mar. 9, the Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) won Spain’s general election. Socrates praised Spanish president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, saying, "The Portuguese government would have been pleased to work with whatever government chosen by the Spanish people, but everyone knows my personal preference. (…) (Zapatero) is one of my best friends."

Polling Data

What party would you vote for in a general election?

 

Feb. 2008

Jan. 2008

Nov. 2007

Socialist Party (PS)

36%

38%

44%

Social Democratic Party (PSD)

33%

34%

32%

Unitarian Democratic Coalition (CDU)
Portuguese Communist Party (PCP)
Environmental Party "The Greens" (OV)

13%

10%

9%

Leftist Bloc (BE)

8%

7%

7%

Social Democratic Centre /
Popular Party (CDS/PP)

6%

6%

5%

Source: Marktest / Diario de Noticias / TSF
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 805 Portuguese adults, conducted from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2008. Margin of error is 3.45 per cent.