Support for Romania’s ruling Social Democrats has dropped since the party won a parliamentary election two months ago, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday, as it grapples with the fallout from an embarrassing U-turn over an unpopular graft decree.
The crowd-funded ISSPOL survey showed voter backing for the leftist party had sunk to 31 percent from 46 percent at the Dec. 11 election, and that more than half of all Romanians feel the country is headed in the wrong direction.
The decree would have decriminalised some graft offences and turned back the clock on the fight against corruption in the European Union state. At a time the new government might have hoped to be enjoying a political honeymoon, the decree unleashed a wave of mass street protests.
While Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu’s government survived a vote of no-confidence in parliament last week, voters are angry.
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