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Poll: VMRO-DPMNE grows in ratings, SDSM falls

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The Institute for Political Research from Skopje (IPIS) published the results of its latest poll, showing that the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party has grown by 1,6 points after the December elections and now enjoys the support of 27,1 percent of the public. Social-Democratic (SDSM) suffered a drop of 2,6 points, from 24,4 percent at the elections down to 21,8 percent.

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In line with the dramatic drop of support for ethnic Albanian parties at the elections, the polls show them well behind their ethnic Macedonian counterparts. If elections were held today, DUI could count on 4,6 percent of the vote and the two recently formed Albanian parties, BESA and Alliance of Albanians, would win 2,1 and 1,1 percent respectively. The Democratic Party of Albanians polls at 0,9 percent and 18,7 percent of those polled said that they would not vote.

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Among ethnic Macedonians, VMRO-DPMNE would win 34,3 percent of the vote, while SDSM – 24,3 percent.

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Ethnic Albanians would vote mostly for DUI (21,4 percent) followed by SDSM with 13 percent. DPA, BESA and the Alliance of Albanians are all below 10 percent.

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The poll was conducted between March 10th and 13th, with 1.100 citizens, to determine the mood changes following the inconclusive outcome of the early elections. With the drawn out Government making process, VMRO-DPMNE has called for holding early elections to break the stale-mate while SDSM insists that a new Government is formed with them in charge, under the current Parliament.