Poll: Support for New Elections and Resignation of Finance Minister

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Voters blame HDZ and MOST equally for the latest government crisis.

The poll conducted by Nova TV about the government crisis shows that majority of citizens believe Finance Minister Zdravko Marić should resign, reports dnevnik.hr on May 1, 2017.

The survey also shows that, in the eyes of most of the citizens, MOST and HDZ are equally to blame for the fall of the ruling coalition, and that most voters consider elections to be the best solution. The majority of voters also believe that HDZ will succeed in forming a new majority.

About 57 percent of voters believe that Finance Minister Zdravko Marić needs to step down, while 31 percent think thathe should remain a minister.

About 40 percent of citizens think that HDZ and its president Andrej Plenković on the one hand, and MOST and its leader Božo Petrov on the other, are equally to blame for the collapse of the ruling coalition. Twenty-six percent of respondents think that HDZ and Plenković are to blame, while 20 percent are of the opinion that MOST and Petrov are responsible.

About 40 percent of respondents think that MOST is right in the last conflict, while 34 percent are on the HDZ’s side.

The plurality of respondents think that the crisis would be best solved with early parliamentary elections. Such opinion is supported by 42 percent of respondents. On the other hand, 29 percent think it would be best for HDZ to form a new ruling majority with new partners. Only 6 percent think that SDP and MOST should enter into a coalition, and the same percentage supports a grand coalition between HDZ and SDP.

With regards to expectations what will happen, most citizens think that HDZ will form a coalition with new partners. Such opinion is supported by 46 percent of respondents. Early elections are expected by 36 percent of respondents. Just 3 percent think that HDZ and SDP will form a coalition, and 2 percent are of the opinion that SDP and MOST will form the government.

Asked who they want to see as the prime minister, 35 percent of respondents selected current Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. About 17 percent want to see SDP president Davor Bernardić in that position, while 10 percent think that Božo Petrov should be the prime minister. Eleven percent want to see someone else altogether.

The polls was conducted by the Ipsos agency on 28 and 29 April.


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