Poll: Rating of right wing parties improves

The latest public opinion polls show increasing support for right-wing parties in the Serbian political scene.

Source: B92

The Serb Radical Party (SRS) has made the most gains, according to this.

If elections were held tomorrow, an Ipsos Strategic Marketing survey has shown, 50 percent of those citizens who would turned out would vote for the ruling Serb Progressives (SNS), while its coalition partner in the government, the Socialists (SPS), would receive eight percent.

Surprisingly, the third place would go to the SRS with seven percent. This party is not currently represented in parliament. The Dveri Movement (with 6.6 percent) and the Democrats (6.1 percent) would also cross the five-percent threshold that enables parties to win seats in parliament.

These results lead to the conclusion that right-wing parties, such as the SRS and the Dveri movement, are gaining more support.

The Radicals are saying that they have a constant influx of new members, but are also aware they would have to thank the return of leader Vojislav Seselj to the country for the possible crossing of the threshold.

"Now people admit it more clearly that the creeping towards the EU is very much painful for everyone in Serbia. Slowly but surely our program - no to the EU, no to NATO - is becoming acceptable," says Zoran Krasic of the SNS.

Citizens are tired of looking at the same faces for decades and this could be the reason for the rise in popularity of Dveri, or so they claim.

"We are a new force, the change of political generations. We bring economic patriotism, foreign banks are going to the background, while domestic enterprises are coming to the foreground," Bosko Obradovic said of his party's program.

Center-right parties have been strengthening in recent years elsewhere in Europe, however, the director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies, Jelena Milic, believes that this trend in Serbia is "dangerous."

"In Serbia, the Euro consensus is not strong, and neither have the reforms of security and justice systems been fully implemented. We are not an entirely stable society that can absorb such trends," said she.

Analysts think that the strengthening right-wing is also connected with "the fear of a new Cold War, and of the bad economic trends."


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