Moldova’s opposition Party of Socialists’ leader Igor Dodon who favors a strategic partnership with Russia, is about 10 percentage points ahead of his pro-European rival Maia Sandu, a poll conducted by the Association of Sociologists and Demographists of Moldova showed.


According to the data collected on November 1-5, 48.9% of the voters are ready to vote in favor of Dodon in the run-off presidential elections while 39.7% plan to support Sandu. The poll was conducted among 1,000 respondents.


According to the initial results announced by the Central Election Commission, in the first round of the elections, Dodon garnered 47.9% of the vote (680,550 votes) while Sandu received 38.1% (549,152). Sandu became the single candidate of the pro-European parties including Moldova’s ruling Democratic Party. Both presidential candidates have recognized the results of the first round of the voting and are now preparing for the second round set for November 13.