In the polls after the first ever debate between candidates for the position of President of the European Commission, it still shows a neck-to-neck race between the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialists and Democrats (S&D).
The debate was widely discussed, especially on Twitter (#EUdebate2014) but it appears to have no significant impact on the polls, that show that both EPP and S&D have around 210 seats in the 751 head strong European Parliament. Looking at other parties, there are about 5 groups that each have around 50 seats and roughly 100 seats for un-attached parties, often consisting of populist and right-winged prospective MEPs.
Also, the European Commission has stated that the results of the European Parliamentary elections cannot be disclosed before the final polling station closes, in Italy at 25 May at 23.00. This measure is to prevent that exit polls from other countries influence the outcome of the elections in other countries. Not all countries have elections at the same date. For instance, the elections are organized on 22 May in the Netherlands, and on 25 May in Belgium. This would mean that official results cannot be published when all votes are counted.
Polls at courtesy of Electio