BELGRADE (AP)--An ultra-nationalist party that ruled with Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s would win Serbia's parliamentary election if it were held now, according to a poll released Thursday.
The Serbian Radical Party would get 38% of the vote, the independent CeSID polling firm said. The pro-Western Democratic Party would come in second with 28 percent.
The Socialist Party of Serbia, which was headed by Milosevic until he died of a heart attack in March at the U.N. war crimes tribunal's detention center in The Hague, Netherlands, would collect 7.6% - allowing it to form a government with the ultra-nationalists.
The poll surveyed 1,488 adults earlier this month. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
The populist Radicals, who supported Milosevic's warmongering policies throughout his rule in the 1990s, are cashing in politically on the failure of the fractured pro-democracy groups - which toppled the former Yugoslav president in 2000 - to make major improvements in living standards for impoverished Serbs.
Radicals' leader, Vojislav Seselj, is also being tried by the U.N. war crimes tribunal on charges of fomenting the wars in Kosovo, Bosnia and Croatia.
The governing conservative Democratic Party of Serbia, a separate group from the Democratic Party, would get only 7.6% of the vote, the poll found.
Serbia's next parliamentary elections are scheduled for December 2007, but with eroding support for the government in the parliament, it is widely believed an early vote will be held by the end of this year.