HDZ’s rating is the lowest since the parliamentary elections.
The CRO Demoskop monthly research conducted by the Promocija Plus agency from 2 to 5 May shows the effects of the latest political events on popularities of political parties, reports N1 on May 6, 2018.
If parliamentary elections were conducted in early May, HDZ would be the relative winner with the support of 26.4 percent of voters (26.8 in April). This level of electoral support for the ruling party is the lowest since the last parliamentary elections. SDP is ranked second with 20.7 percent of support (21.1 in April), which means that HDZ’s advantage over the leading opposition party has remained at the same level as in the previous month. Živi Zid is safely third, now with the support of 12.7 percent of respondents (11.2 in April), while MOST is at the fourth place with 7.6 percent of support (8.1 a month ago).
Comparing the results from May 2017, Živi Zid has gained 5.1 percentage points, while the other three leading parties have recorded a decline in support (HDZ -4.4; SDP -3.3; MOST -2.6).
The four largest parties are followed by Independents for Croatia (2.6 percent), HSS (2.4 percent), Bandić Milan 365 (2.2 percent) and HNS (2.2 percent).
Asked which politician they considered to be the most positive one, the plurality of respondents (25.1 percent) chose “nobody” (19 percent in April), followed by President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović (16 percent), Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (11.2 percent), Živi Zid MP Ivan Pernar (6.4 percent), and Živi Zid party president Ivan Sinčić (6.1 percent).
Prime Minister Plenković leads the rankings of politicians seen as the most negative (26.8 percent), followed by “all politicians” (14.9 percent), SDP president Davor Bernardić (10.9 percent), Serb national minority leader Milorad Pupovac (8.3 percent) and former Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegović (5.4 percent).
Currently, 16.2 percent of citizens (compared to 15.2 in April) believe that Croatia is moving in the right direction, while 74.5 percent (77 in April) think that the country is on the wrong track. Just 53.1 percent of HDZ voters and 27.8 percent of HNS voters believe that the state is on the right track.
The level of support for the policies of the government in the eighteenth month of its term is at 31.3 percent (30.7 percent in April), while 52.8 percent of respondents do not support the government.
On the 1-5 scale, the government received an average mark of 2.20 (2.15 in April), the president 3.06 and the parliament 1.95.
Asked about which event they considered to be the most important one in the month of April, the plurality of respondents (29.3 percent) chose the ratification of the Istanbul Convention and events related to it (protests, conflicts within HDZ, Catholic Church opposition). Events connected with Agrokor and the decision of the court in London on the extradition of Ivica Todorić were the most important topic for 18.8 percent of citizens, followed by the signing of the contract for the construction of the Pelješac Bridge (10.7 percent). Tensions in relations between Croatia and Serbia were the most important topic for 10.1 percent of citizens, followed by water pollution in Slavonski Brod (9.4 percent), social and emigration crisis (4.8 percent), three separate commemorations held at Jasenovac (3.0 percent), and the 2018 national reform programme (2.5 percent).
Translated from N1.