Roughly two-thirds of those who intend to vote for the Labour Party in the upcoming general election want former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to run on the party ticket in the next general election.
According to a survey published by Illum on Sunday, 61% of prospective Labour voters agree that Muscat should run again, with only 16% saying they disagreed.
The survey follows Muscat saying in an interview with the Times of Malta that he did not exclude making a political comeback.
While support for Muscat still runs high among Labour voters, 89% of those who said they intended to vote for the Nationalist Party said they disagreed with Muscat putting his hat in the ring. Just 3% said they agreed with a Muscat return, with 9% providing no reply.
Overall, just 30% of the Maltese electorate said they wanted to see Muscat back.
A potential return for Muscat would find the least support in the Northern region, while Gozo was the most divided on the issue, the survey found.
Interestingly, support for Muscat ran higher among female respondents, with 34% saying they favoured a return, compared to 26% of men.
Respondents with a higher level of education were the least likely to view a return to politics by Muscat favourably.
Muscat resigned from office in January 2020 after links between his office and the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia were revealed in November 2019 following the arrest of the alleged mastermind Yorgen Fenech.
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