Polls taken by the PN at the end of December 2011 show that voter support for the PN is trailing that for the PL by 8% and the PN strategy team fears that if the country goes to an election in March 2012 it will not have enough time to narrow the gap between 54% support for the PL and 46% for the PN.
The PN strategy group is insisting with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi to do all he can to delay facing a vote of confidence in parliament which if he loses will lead to dissolution of parliament and early elections.
The PN strategy group does not want the general election to be held before March 2013 so that the PN can use its power of incumbency and do what it did before the 2008 general election and work hard to get back disgruntled PN voters.
In that general election 290,799 cast their votes. 143,468 voted for the PN. After an electoral campaign where the PN promised heaven on earth, gave jobs and promotions, granted building permits, handed out tax exemptions, deceived voters by promising everything to everyone and brought over thousands of voters who did not have the constitutional right to vote, there were still 147,331 who voted against the PN, 3,863 more than those who voted for the PN and giving the PN a one seat majority in parliament which now seems all but lost.
When parliament meets again next Wednesday, it will have on its agenda the bill with budgetary measures for 2012 and those cannot be postponed for long if they are to take effect. So in the coming weeks parliament will be taking a vote even if no formal vote of confidence is presented in parliament.