The Barometar Bulgaria sociological research agency conducted an opinion poll in October on the electoral attitudes of Bulgarian voters. With the onset of autumn, it is noticeable that, although the protests continue, the emotional echo disappears, despite their widespread media coverage. On the other hand, the discussions in the European Parliament and the resolution voted against Bulgaria provoked public reactions, with the potential to influence the level of support for various political subjects.
The survey was conducted by telephone on October 10-16, with the participation of 866 Bulgarian citizens with the right to vote. Next year, in addition to the March parliamentary elections, the election of the head of state will take place in Bulgaria. Stating that the real candidates for the country’s presidency are not known at this time, Barometăr Bulgaria asked its respondents about who they would vote for, if political leaders and public figures would participate in the presidential race.
As expected, the first two positions outline a close battle with a 4% difference between the current prime minister, Boiko Borisov (24.2%) and the current president, Rumen Radev (20.2%). They are followed by Defense Minister Krasimir Karakaceanov (14.5%) and, if he were to run, the coordinator of the Crisis Command to Combat Coronavirus, General Ventislav Mutafchiiski (8.9%), who in recent months has led the charts of public appreciation and trust, although he is not a political figure. In addition to the confrontation between the two alleged candidates Borisov and Radev, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Ahmed Dogan, could count on 7.5% support from the electorate, followed by showman Slavi Trifonov (3.9% ), the founder of the “There is such a people” party.