The opposition VMRO-DPMNE has a convincing pre-percentage advantage over the ruling SDSM, according to a telephone poll by the Skopje-based Institute for Political Research (IPIS), the results of which were published on Sunday.
When asked “Which party would you vote for if parliamentary elections were to be held next week”, a high 21.2 percent of respondents opted for VMRO-DPMNE, followed by SDSM with 16.2 percent. The Macedonian electorate also includes the smaller parliamentary opposition party Levica, which currently has the confidence of 2.9 percent of respondents.
As for the Albanian parties in Macedonia, the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) holds the lead, which has almost identical support as its leader Ali Ahmeti of 7.2 percent. DUI is followed by the coalition partner Alliance for Albanians and Alternativa with separate ratings of 3.8 and 1 percent, respectively. The BESA movement, on the other hand, is supported by 1.5 percent of respondents.