Roberta Metsola and Alex Agius Saliba Lead in Malta's European Parliament Election Polls

Roberta Metsola and Alex Agius Saliba lead the race for Malta's EU Parliament seats, as Labour maintains a narrow lead over Nationalist Party. Former PM Muscat's influence lingers, raising concerns over political stability.

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Roberta Metsola and Alex Agius Saliba Lead in Malta's European Parliament Election Polls

Roberta Metsola and Alex Agius Saliba Lead in Malta's European Parliament Election Polls

According to a Times of Malta poll conducted in April 2024, Roberta Metsola and Alex Agius Saliba are the clear frontrunners for the upcoming European Parliament elections in Malta. Metsola, the current European Parliament President, is leading with 21.5% of voters listing her as their favorite, while Agius Saliba, backed by former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, follows closely with 20.2% of the vote.

The poll also reveals that the Labour Party (PL) maintains a lead over the Nationalist Party (PN) in the upcoming elections, though the gap has narrowed. Labour is set to win 50.8% of the vote, down from 52.4% in March, while the PN's share has increased from 39.3% to 40.7%. In a prospective general election, the gap between the two parties would be even narrower.

Despite not being a candidate himself, former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat features prominently in sixth place with 1.1% of the vote, tied with PL candidate Steve Ellul. This suggests that Muscat remains a popular figure in Maltese politics. Other candidates trail far behind the frontrunners, with PN's Peter Agius in third place at 2.2% and the far-right candidate Norman Lowell ranking fourth overall with 1.9% of preferences.

Why this matters: The poll results signal a shift in Malta's political landscape, moving away from the 'corrupt and criminal Labour establishment' towards something 'more modern and normal'. Metsola's lead could be attributed to concerns over the impending 'third war' and her position as the European Parliament President, which gives her an advantage over the current Speaker of the Maltese Parliament, Anglu Farrugia.

The survey also reveals that 41% of voters still don't know who they will vote for, indicating a significant portion of the electorate remains undecided. The European Parliament has filed a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority after it instructed media houses to be 'cautious' when reporting on Roberta Metsola during the MEP election campaign, calling for the immediate suspension of the directive and warning that it could impair the work of the media in covering the elections.

As the European Parliament elections in Malta approach, the poll results suggest that the Maltese people are looking for more stable and reliable political representation at the European level. "The poll results suggest that the Maltese people are concerned about being 'on the wrong side of history' and are looking for a more stable and reliable political representation at the European level," the Times of Malta poll indicates. With Metsola and Agius Saliba leading the polls, the upcoming elections are set to be a closely contested race that could shape Malta's future in the European Union.

Key Takeaways

  • Roberta Metsola and Alex Agius Saliba are frontrunners for Malta's EU elections.
  • Labour Party maintains lead over Nationalist Party, but gap has narrowed.
  • Former PM Joseph Muscat features prominently despite not being a candidate.
  • 41% of voters remain undecided, signaling a shift in Malta's political landscape.
  • EU Parliament filed complaint over media directive 'cautious' in reporting on Metsola.