April 22, 2014

There is just one month until EU voters go to the polls in the European Parliament elections.

Until recently the centre-left has been in the lead, but the latest opinion polls show a rise in support for the centre-right.

The surveys put the European People’s Party (EPP) – headed by Jean-Claude Juncker – 13 seats ahead of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) led by Martin Schulz.

Both men hope to be the next European Commission president.

David O’Leary from Burson-Marsteller, whose Europe Decides project provides analysis on the upcoming elections, said most voters do not know who the two men are, and will cast their vote for other reasons.

“I’m not sure that there is really much penetration into the national media and the man on the street probably doesn’t know that much about this idea of lead candidates. So while the parties may like to equate the growth and support with their lead candidates, I think it’s probably due more to the national parties and changes in their support,” O’Leary told euronews.

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