Judging by Aximage’s poll for DN / JN / TSF, Rui Rio may have cause for concern, months before the next municipal elections. The study published this Monday indicates that at this point the PS continues to gain distance from the PSD, already taking an advantage of 16 points, which puts the Government party to gather more voting intentions than the entire right. And it is not that there is no good news on the right, but this has to do mainly with the so-called ‘new’ right: in this barometer, Chega grows and is only a tenth of becoming the third political force.
The effects of the social support case, which opposed António Costa – who sent these diplomas to the Constitutional Court – do not yet enter into these accounts, to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who promulgated them, and to the opposition, who approved them. Still, and after a month of January with the pandemic at its worst peak ever and the end of the confinement time, the PS manages to rise and almost reach its maximum in this barometer (it now has 39.7% of the voting intentions ), while Costa reaches a record in his own popularity (60% positive reviews).
This means that the left seems to be able to rest: on the one hand, the PS alone achieves more voting intentions than the right as a whole; on the other, BE and PCP registered slight increases (8.6% and 6%, respectively); and Rui Rio falls from the previous 26.5% to 23.6%. Even so, there is a notable increase on the right: Chega rises and is very close to third place, with 8.5% of voting intentions; added to the Liberal Initiative, the ‘new right’ thus obtains 13% of the respondents’ preference, judging by this survey.
Those who are still unable to recover are the CDS, which gathers only 1.1% of voting intentions. The fieldwork for this survey was carried out, according to its technical sheet, between 24 and 27 March, using 830 interviews – this means that it was not in time to measure the reaction to the issue of social support, but it has already counted, for example , with the ‘asset’ of the announcement by Carlos Moedas, candidate for Lisbon through a right-wing alliance that includes PSD and CDS. Although the name obtained by Rui Rio has generated a series of accolades, this barometer does not reflect a sum of support for the traditional right.
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