April party ratings: IRL support falls below election threshold ({{commentsTotal}})

Support for IRL remains low, falling below the election threshold of 5 percent in April 2017.
Support for IRL remains low, falling below the election threshold of 5 percent in April 2017. Source: (Erik Prozes/Postimees/Scanpix)

Support for the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), a junior member of the government coalition, fell below the election threshold of 5 percent in April, the results of a survey commissioned by BNS and daily Postimees and conducted by pollster Kantar Emor show.

IRL was supported by 4.7 percent, the Free Party by 11.2 percent, the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) by 14.1 percent and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) by 15.4 percent of respondents.

Similarly to March, support for leading coalition member Center Party and the opposition Reform Party was practically equal, with the Center Party supported by 24.8 and the Reform by 24.5 percent of respondents.

Compared to March figures, support for Center and Reform fell by 1.7 and for IRL by 1.6 percent, while support for the Free Party increased by 1.6 percent and SDE by 0.9 percent; EKRE's support remained unchanged.

Among non-parliamentary parties, the Estonian Greens boasted the highest level of support at 4.9 percent, an increase of 1.9 percent over March ratings.

Support for the government coalition, which consists of Center, SDE and IRL, totaled 45 percent in April, down two percent since March.

25.6 percent of respondents, 0.9 percent fewer than in March, indicated they had no preference. The answers of the people who listed "no preference" as their party identification were eliminated from the outcome in order to make it as comparable as possible to the outcome of an election held during the survey period.

Kantar Emor intervewed 880 voting-age citizens between the ages of 18-74 in their homes and online between April 10-18.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS