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The Free Party, led by Andres Herkel, is one of two parties that might just squeak into a Parliament long dominated by four main parties, according to a poll.
The Free Party, led by Andres Herkel, is one of two parties that might just squeak into a Parliament long dominated by four main parties, according to a poll. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

A poll conducted by TNS Emor for the daily Postimees has found that the results for the four major parliamentary parties remain at about the same proportions, but two additional parties on the right side of the spectrum could pick up seats.

The numbers suggested that the Free Party and the Conservative People's Party could pick up 8 percent and 5 percent of the vote respectively at the general election on March 1, adding up to a total that rivals the 15 percent projected to be garnered by national conservative party IRL. IRL, which was in government until a year ago, has seen its support erode in the past year.

The poll was led by the Reform Party, with 25 percent, followed by the Center Party with 22 percent. The Social Democrats come next at 18 percent.

In this poll, respondents were also asked for their second preference. These results showed that the Social Democrats are the party whose voters would be most open to considering other parties. The Free Party voters had a similarly benign view of other parties, except for the Center Party.

The parties whose voters are least likely to consider voting for the ruling Reform Party are the Center Party (significant numbers of Center voters would swing Social Democratic, but not for any other party) and the Conservative People's Party (favorably disposed toward Free Party and IRL, but not toward Reform and Center).

An ERR-commissioned poll by the Turu-uuringud survey firm is due to be released in early February.

Editor: K. Rikken



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