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Juncker still the top candidate for PM post

2 min. 17.09.2013 From our online archive
The majority of Luxembourg nationals expects the CSV-LSAP coalition to remain in power after the October 20 elections, with Jean-Claude Juncker remaining the favourite candidate for the office of Prime Minister.

(CS) The majority of Luxembourg nationals expects the CSV-LSAP coalition to remain in power after the October 20 elections, with Jean-Claude Juncker remaining the favourite candidate for the office of Prime Minister.

The current Premier received 47 percent of votes in the latest Politmonitor study, putting him well ahead of Xavier Bettel (19 percent), Etienne Schneider (14) and François Bausch (3 percent).

At the same time 55 percent of respondents said that they would welcome a change in the coalition, with more than half indicating that it would be a bad thing if the CSV did not form part of a future coalition.

However, only 5 percent of respondents said that they were sure of a change of government. More than half meanwhile said that change was rather unlikely or completely unlikely. Some 56 percent said that they expect the CSV-LSAP coalition to remain in place.

Divide between CSV and opposition supporters

Elsewhere, the September Politmonitor shows a strong divide between government and opposition supporters.

Asked which three parties should emerge stronger from the elections, 30 percent of respondents gave their first vote to the CSV. When asked which three parties should emerge weaker from the elections, the CSV also received a third of the first votes.

On the whole, the DP and “déi Gréng” received 50 percent support, spread more or less evenly across the three votes. While the CSV received more support in the first round of voting, it earned only 43 percent of voices saying it should be stronger after the elections, one percentage point below the LSAP.

On the other hand, 41 percent said the CSV should be weaker after elections, the same as the ADR, followed by the Communist Party (29 percent) and the LSAP (26 percent).

Voters make decision week of elections

Meanwhile, a majority of respondents said that they were interested in the elections campaign and politics in general.

Over 45 percent said that they would not make a decision until the week before the elections, while 15 percent said that they are regular voters of the same party. The CSV counted the largest number of regular voters in the poll.

Politmonitor surveyed a representative group of 1,009 Luxembourg nationals aged over 18 with the right to vote. The study, commissioned by the “Luxemburger Wort” and RTL, was carried out by TNS Ilres online and via telephone between August 27 and September 13.