18:19 / 08.04.2018.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

CRO Demoskop releases latest opinion poll

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Igor Soban/PIXSELL)

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Igor Soban/PIXSELL)

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The HDZ remains the strongest party but the prime minister dips again in the polls.

According to the latest monthly political opinion poll, the Croatian Democratic Union is still the strongest political party in Croatia. Despite the fact that the HDZ has an approval rating of less than 27 percent, they are still well ahead of the Social Democrats who are currently polling at just over 21 percent. The Živi zid activist party is in a distant third, but continues to maintain a lead over the Most party; both sit at around 11 and 8 percent respectively.

After a three-month hiatus, the most popular politician according to those polled is "No one in particular" with almost 19 percent. In second place is President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović with 16.5 percent, while rounding out the top three is Prime Minister Andrej Plenković with 11 percent - a full one and a half percent lower than the previous month.

President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović (Photo: Kristina Stedul Fabac/PIXSELL)

President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović (Photo: Kristina Stedul Fabac/PIXSELL)

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Overall, the negative perception of politicians in Croatia is on the rise. The prime minister tops the list of the most unpopular politicians with more than 24 percent. Next on the list is "All politicians", while SDP President Davor Bernardić is third with over nine percent disapproval.

In terms of issues, the controversial Istanbul Convention has overtaken the Agrokor crisis as the top concern of voters. Many people, including religious leaders and some within the ruling HDZ, believe the convention will lay the foundation for gender ideology.

Meanwhile, support in general for the government and its policies continues to wane, as only 15 percent believe the country is moving in the right direction; while a full 77 percent disapprove of Croatia's course.

Source: HRT

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