HDZ Still the Strongest Party, President Grabar-Kitarović the Most Popular Politician

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The latest poll on the Croatian political scene. 

Regular monthly survey of Promotion Plus agency on social and political preferences of Croatian voters, conducted in the period between July 31 and August 3, shows the continuation of the trend of slight decrease of the advantage of HDZ and the right-wing coalition in front of their main competitors, SDP and the left-wing coalition, according to a report in Vecernji List on August 4, 2015.

If the parliamentary elections were held in the first few days of August, HDZ would get 31.3 percent of the vote (compared to 30.4 % in July), and SDP 26.6 percent (25.5 % in July). ORaH Party is third in the ranking of party preferences with the support of 5.1 percent voters (5.2 % in July), while Živi Zid was the choice of 4.8 percent of voters (4.4 % in July.

At the top of the list of the most positive Croatian politicians is Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović with the support of 28.2 percent of voters. Parliament speaker Josip Leko is in the second place (10.8 %), prime minister Zoran Milanović is third (7.4 %), followed by former president Ivo Josipović, ORaH Party president Mirela Holy, finance minister Boris Lalovac, and HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko.

The two top positions on the list of the most negative politicians in Croatia are as usual reserved for two presidents of the leading Croatian political parties, which is an indication of political polarization in the country: Tomislav Karamarko is first with 33.6 percent of negative votes, while Zoran Milanović is second (30.3 %). All politicians, as a separate general category, were very common choice on the list of the most negative politicians as well (10.6 %), and they were followed by former prime minister Ivo Sanader (5.3 %), foreign minister Vesna Pusić (2.7 %), Milorad Pupovac (1.1 %), and former deputy prime minister Radimir Čačić (0.8 %).

The most important event in the month of July for Croatian voters was the termination of the border arbitration agreement with Slovenia, which was the top choice for 42.6 per cent of Croatian citizens.

Thanks to its decision to terminate the agreement, the government substantially increased the level of support for its work (from last month’s 36.3 percent to the current 41.4 percent), while the government’s policies are not supported by 44.9 percent of citizens (49.6% in July). Croatian government received an average score of 2.52, compared to 2.31 in July. That is the highest score in the last three years (in July 2012, the score also stood at 2.52). President Grabar-Kitarović received the average score of 3.40, compared to 3.43 in July.


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