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VMRO-DPMNE candidates hold lead in every electoral district in Macedonia: poll

Candidates leading the lists of MPs of VMRO-DPMNE and the For Better Macedonia coalition are holding lead compared to their opponents of SDSM and the opposition coalition For Life in Macedonia, show results of an opinion poll.

The poll is in fact the second part of a public survey conducted by the Pavel Satev Institute from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The survey, aimed at identifying the perceptions of Macedonian citizens in terms of electoral districts, has been carried out on a sample of 1,090 respondents.

In the first electoral district, 25.8% of the respondents said they supported the VMRO-DPMNE candidate for MP, Nikola Poposki, while his opponent, SDSM frontrunner in the same electoral district – Stevo Pendarovski – received 19.4% support.

In the second electoral district, 26.1% said they would vote for VMRO-DPMNE’s Nikola Todorov and 14.7% would vote for SDSM’s Oliver Spasovski.

According to the poll, for Ilija Dimovski of VMRO-DPMNE, who is running in the third electoral district, would vote 38.6% of voters. 18.6% showed support for Ljupco Nikolovski of SDSM.

The leaders of the ruling and opposition parties – Nikola Gruevski and Zoran Zaev – on December 11 will face off in the fourth electoral district. 36.1% said they would vote for Nikola Gruevski and 22.3% for Zoran Zaev.

18.2% of the respondents interviewed in the fifth electoral district said they would vote for Radmila Sekerinska of SDSM and 29.3% for Antonio Milososki of VMRO-DPMNE.

In the sixth electoral district, where Albanian voters make up the majority of the electorate, 4% said they would support SDSM’s Petre Silegov and 10.4% would vote for VMRO-DPMNE’s Vladimir Gjorcev.

Of the respondents all across the six electoral districts, 27.8% said they supported the VMRO-DPMNE-led coalition, while the opposition coalition led by SDSM has the support of 16.2% of respondents.

The survey was conducted in all six electoral districts with several demographic characteristics of the population being taken into consideration, such as age and gender. Distinction was also made as regards rural and urban settlements.