Portugal’s Socialists extend lead for October 6 election

Portugal’s Socialists extend lead for October 6 election

Portugal’s ruling Socialists extended their lead in a new opinion poll ahead of an October 6 parliamentary election, and were also well ahead of the opposition in another new survey.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s center-left party received 38.4% of voting intentions, while the main opposition Social Democrats were seen taking just over 20% of the vote. The Socialists came to power in 2015 with parliamentary support of two hard-left parties, the Left Bloc and the Communists.