The latest popularity polls, conducted by TNS Emor on behalf of BNS, show that the Reform Party and Center Party are once again on par in support ratings.
Were the elections to take place tomorrow, Center Party would get 24 percent of the votes, just a single percentage point less than a month ago.
While support for the Center Party, which is caught in the middle of corruption allegations against its chairman Edgar Savisaar, show no significant statistical decrease, that for Reform Party has gone up by 4 percentage points. The two largest parties in Estonia, which according to TNS Emor were 5 percentage points apart in August, on 25 and 20 percent respectively, are now equal.
Social Democrats have also gained in polls, increasing their support from 16 to 18 percent, overtaking the Free Party, still on 17 percent.
IRL and the Conservative People's Party have both lost potential voters (from 9 percent in August to 7 percent in September).
The sample size of September's poll was 779 people from 18-74 years old.
The results differ significantly from those published by ERR a week ago. ERR's poll, conducted by Turu-uuringute AS, closed shortly before allegations against Savisaar were made public. The Center Party was on top with 29 percent, followed by the Reform Party on 21 percent.
Editor: M. Oll