Public support of Siim Kallas grows nearly twofold; Kaljurand remains most popular ({{commentsTotal}})

While Marina Kaljurand remains the most popular potential presidential candidate in the month leading up to Estonia's presidential elections, compared to June numbers, Siim Kallas' support has increased the most out of all potential candidates according to a survey commissioned by ERR's news portal and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS.

The results of the survey reveal that 22 percent of Estonian residents aged 15 or older would like to see current Marina Kaljurand as the next president of Estonia. Compared to the results of the previous survey, which was commissioned by Estonian daily Eesti Päevaleht and conducted using the same methodology, Kaljurand's overall support rose by three percent.

The greatest increase in support compared to previous survey numbers was enjoyed by Siim Kallas, however, whose support climbed from just 9 percent of survey respondents in June to 17 in August.

In third place according to public preference is Edgar Savisaar, who lost out on party support to Mailis Reps, mainting the support of 15 percent of survey respondents.

Fourth in popularity is Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) and Free Party joint candidate Allar Jõks with a total of eight percent of respondents' support, followed by Indrek Tarand, supported by six percent.

EKRE presidential candidate Mart Helme's support is nearly a third of that of his party at five percent.

Two candidates formally nominated for Monday's elections, Eiki Nestor and Mailis Reps, eached have the support of even fewer survey respondents, earning the support of just three percent of respondents each. With that, the three candidates currently formally nominated for the first round of elections on Monday, Jõks, Nestor and Reps, each have the support of under ten percent of survey respondents.

Just two percent of people surveyed wanted to see Urmas Paet as president, while only one percent favored Jaak Jõerüüt for the top job.

By party, Reps was third among Center Party voters, following Savisaar and Kaljurand, while Reform voters preferred Kallas to Kaljurand. IRL, SDE and Free party voters all supported Kaljurand by a large margin, however.

Preferences according to voting-age Estonian citizens

A slightly different picture is painted, however, upon only considering the preferences of voting-age legal citizens of Estonia, in which case Jõks' popularity rose to third place overall and Savisaar's fell to fourth.

Among voting-age Estonian citizens, the rankings, somewhat different, were as follows: Kaljurand at 25 percent (+3 increase from June), Kallas at 19 (+9), Jõks 10 (+1), Savisaar seven (-1), Tarand seven (+2), Helme six (+1), Nestor four (+1), Reps three (+2), Paet two (no change) and Jõerüüt one percent (-2).

Commissioned by ERR's online news portal, Turu-uuringute AS surveyed a total of 1,003 Estonian residents aged 15 or over. Among these residents, a total of 818 were of legal voting age. In surveying 1,000 respndents, the maximum error does not exceed ±3,10 percent.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik



Siim Kallas.

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