Polls reveal tight finish


Portugal will go to the polls this Sunday with the governing Socialist Party (PS) of Prime Minister José Sócrates fractionally behind the Social Democratic Party (PSD) of Pedro Passos Cuelho.

In two recent polls the two parties are very close; a poll for Eurosondagem conducted on 29th May puts the PS on 31.2% and the PSD on 34.7%. Another poll by INTERCAMPUS conducted between 25th and 29th May gives the PS 32.3% and the PSD 37%.

The third party, Democratic and Social Centre – People’s Party (CDS-PP) has around 12.8% of the vote.

According to Público, a national newspaper, Pedro Passos Cuelho has run a campaign full of ‘hesitations, discrepancies and gaffes’ whilst José Sócrates has attacked their policies and barely mentioned PS policies.

An inconclusive election result on Sunday can only bring further problems for Portugal as it battles with its economic problems and an EU/IMF bailout.

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