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Title: KOSOVO: BAD POLL NUMBERS FOR THACI SIGNAL REQUEST

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06PRISTINA5202006-06-16 17:40:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Pristina
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SUBJECT: KOSOVO: BAD POLL NUMBERS FOR THACI SIGNAL REQUEST 
FOR CONTACT GROUP HELP? 
 
REF: PRISTINA 513 
 
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¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY.  A new public opinion poll of non-Serb 
Kosovars suggests plummeting popularity for opposition 
leaders Hashim Thaci and his Democratic Party of Kosovo 
(PDK).  The poll, taken by a nominally apolitical local 
consulting company, was issued days before Thaci made a rare 
request for a June 9 meeting of Pristina-based Contact Group 
representatives to discuss a possible postponement of 
municipal elections tentatively scheduled for October. PDK 
headquarters denies any connection between the poll numbers 
and Thaci's reversal of his steadfast opposition to a 
postponement.  END SUMMARY. 
 
¶2. (SBU) A June 2 poll of ethnic Albanian and non-Serb ethnic 
minorities released by a self-identified apolitical local 
consulting agency suggested a change in fortune for Hashim 
Thaci's opposition party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo 
(PDK).  Released by "Gani Bobi," a local think tank, in 
cooperation with new local Kumt Consulting, the poll finds 
49.8 percent support among non-Serb Kosovars for senior 
coalition party Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), 21.2 
percent for the PDK, 18.1 percent for Ramush Haradinaj's 
Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and 3.1 percent for 
Veton Surroi's Reform Party Ora (PRO). 
 
¶3. (SBU) Individual political personalities from the 
opposition fared much worse than their respective political 
parties.  According to the poll, which assigned a 1-5 ranking 
to results (5 being the best), Prime Minister Agim Ceku 
polled highest at 4.18.  Thaci, who usually ranks well inside 
the top ten among Kosovo's politicians, polled a dismal 15th 
place. 
 
¶4. (SBU) Thaci's political advisor Lirim Grejcevci told 
polFSN June 16 that the poll was a "manipulation" 
orchestrated by Thaci's political rivals in the LDK and AAK, 
namely Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Haziri and Ramush 
Haradinaj, respectively.  Grejcevci claimed that Shkelzen 
Maliqi, the principal of Gani Bobi, was "bought" and had 
changed the original numbers.  (NOTE:  A forthcoming survey 
by Index Kosovo supported the drop in public opinion for 
Thaci's PDK:  LDK polled at 42 percent; PDK 21 percent; AAK 
11 percent and ORA 3 percent.  END NOTE.) 
 
¶5. (SBU) Deflecting an invitation to comment on reports that 
Thaci's new-found comfort with a delay in elections stems 
from these poll results (reftel), Grejcevci said the PDK was 
neither influenced nor impressed with the poll's results. 
"It has no bearing on our political actions.  Our idea for a 
technical government precedes any current poll results." 
 
¶6. (U) U.S. Office Pristina clears this cable for release in 
its entirety to U.N. Special Envoy for Kosovo Martti 
Ahtisaari. 
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