Center Party builds on lead in last polls before elections ({{commentsTotal}})

The Center Party has pulled five points ahead of the Reform Party in the latest Turu-uuringute AS party popularity poll, with elections now less than a week away.

The biggest change was the percentage of people backing the established four parliamentary parties, who now enjoy a total rating of 83 percent, up 4 percentage points since January.

The Center Party gained one point and is now on 27 percent, followed by the ruling Reform Party (stable at 22 percent), the Social Democrats (up two to 18 percent) and IRL (up one to 16).

According to current ratings, both the Conservative People's Party and the Free Party will pass the 5-percent threshold. Both have a 6-point popularity rating, according to the poll. That figure remained unchanged since the last study in January.

Around 35 percent of those questioned did not have a clear preference.

The Turu-uuringute AS results vastly differ from the Emor polls, which put the Reform Party ahead with 23 percent, followed by the Center Party with 22 points.

Juhan Kivirähk, a leading researcher at Turu-uuringute AS, said the difference is that Emor conducts a large part of its survey online, while Turu-uuringute AS does only face-to-face interviews.

He said that of the 58 percent of the poll participants who were certain they will vote, the Center Party and the Reform Party enjoyed equal popularity.

Editor: J.M. Laats

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