THE majority of people were not interested in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to the results of a survey published on Friday evening.
Carried out between May 5 and 10, the survey by IMR University of Nicosia on behalf of state broadcaster CyBC found that 59 per cent of the sample said they did not care about the May 22 elections, with 41 per cent saying they did.
Despite the negativity, the findings were an improvement when compared with five years ago. A poll at the time showed 68 per cent were indifferent, while 32 per cent said they cared.
Seventy-three per cent of those asked said they will be voting with the Cyprus problem and the economy – 41 – per cent – being the main factors guiding their choice.
The majority of the respondents tipped ruling DISY to win the election.
Thirty-three per cent said DISY will win it with “a big difference”, up from 25 per cent in April. Forty-five per cent said DISY will win it but with “a small difference”, compared with 50 per cent in April.
According to the survey, DISY got 24.5 per cent of the vote, followed by AKEL with 20. DIKO was a distant third with 9 per cent. EDEK, Solidarity, and the Citizens Alliance each got 3.5 per cent, while the Greens received 3 per cent. Far-right party ELAM garnered 1.5 per cent.
The poll’s prediction has DISY winning with between 29 to 36 per cent of the vote; AKEL in second place with 26-33 per cent; DIKO with 10-15 per cent; EDEK, Solidarity, Citizens Alliance, 4-7 per cent each; Greens at 3-6 per cent, and ELAM 2-4 per cent.
The poll puts the abstention rate at 62 per cent.
Green Party MP Giorgos Perdikis won the popularity vote, chalking up 54 per cent in positive votes. He was followed by Solidarity’s Eleni Theoharous, with 53 per cent, far ahead of the leaders of the mainstream parties DISY, AKEL, DIKO, EDEK who received 46 per cent, 34 per cent, 35 per cent, and 21 per cent, respectively.
Giorgos Lillikas of the Citizens Alliance garnered 33 per cent of the votes.