The Aximage poll shows 51% of those questioned see Socialist leader Pedro Nuno Santos as Portugal's next prime minister
The Aximage poll shows 51% of those questioned see Socialist leader Pedro Nuno Santos as Portugal's next prime minister

PS “well ahead of PSD”;  PAN seen as ‘decisive party’

New Aximage poll gives PS Socialists an almost 10-point lead

A new Aximage poll for struggling media outlets TSF radio /Jornal de Notícias/Diário de Notícias suggests PS Socialists popularity is rising; that of PSD rivals is falling, and there is a technical tie between left and right.

Reports explain the poll gives the party that has been in power for the last eight years an almost 10 point lead:

“The PS has 34.1% of voting intentions and the PSD has 24.8%. 

“In other words, the PS is up 1.2 percentage points on the November poll, while the PSD is down almost 2 percentage points.

“Third-placed Chega has an almost identical percentage (16.3%, up from 16.2 % in November).

“Bloco de Esquerda BE  has dropped from 6.9% to 6.3%. IL from 5% to 4.1% and PAN has risen from 2.9% to 3.7%, overtaking CDU” (the pre-electoral alliance of PCP communists and PEV, the greens).

CDU (2.7%), Livre (1.8%) and CDS (1.2%) are the trailers, even though CDS has recently ‘celebrated’ a coalition with PSD.

The  study carried out in the week before Christmas shows there is now a technical tie between left-wing (44.9%) and right-wing (46.4%) parties.

And, “the right suffers a considerable drop, to 30.1%, if CHEGA does not enter the equation”, stress reports, adding that this is something PSD leader Luís Montenegro insists ‘will never happen’…

All of this means that, with almost at 4% of voting intentions suddenly, PAN (whose leader has said the party is open to deals with the left as much as the right, depending on their terms and commitments) could be “a decisive party on March 10”, if it is called on to confirm any kind of absolute majority”, says Público. ND