Prime Minister António Costa’s Socialist Party (PS) could win an absolute majority in snap general elections to be held in Portugal this Sunday, according to exit polls.
Specifically, the survey published by public television RTP forecasts a range of 102 to 116 MPs for the PS if the absolute majority is 115 seats. The study, conducted by the Catholic University, predicts Costa’s party will receive between 37 and 42 percent of the vote.
The conservative Social Democratic Party (PSD) would get 30 to 35 percent support, while the far-right Basta party would be the third political force for the first time with 5 to 8 percent of the vote.
The fourth force is the Liberal Initiative with 4 to 7 percent, followed by the Left Bloc (3 to 6 percent), the Unified Democratic Coalition (CDU, 3 to 5 percent), the People’s Party of the Democratic and Social Center (1 to 3 percent) , People-Animals-Nature (PAN, 1-3 percent), and Free (1-3 percent).
The polls published by CMTV, TVI/CNN and SIC show very similar results, with the minimum of an absolute majority within the area they attribute to the PS.