June party ratings: Neither EKRE nor the Social Democrats gained from recent clashes
Commenting on fresh party rankings on Friday, TNS Emor's Aivar Voog told BNS that the sharp confrontation of the Social Democrats (SDE) and the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) was too short-lived to have had a major effect on party ratings.
“The Social Democrats sharply contrasted with EKRE, and there would have been an effect if the media had gone on talking about the two parties, but interest was short-lived," Voog said. He added that the confrontation of SDE and EKRE faded into the background fast most likely because the presidential election has become a topical issue.
According to Voog, the presidential election might have also given the Reform Party a boost in the rankings. The Reform Party has two strong candidates, Marina Kaljurand and Siim Kallas.
The Reform Party's support has been on the rise since the start of the year, and the party has practically reclaimed the position it had before the last parliamentary elections, Voog pointed out. He added that this reflected the weakness of its competitors rather than the efficiency of the coalition’s senior partner's actions.
According to Voog, the decline in the popularity of the Center Party is connected to discord inside the party. The media had not talked about the Free Party much, and when it did, internal disagreements had been the topic most often spoken of, he pointed out.
Estonia's most popular party in June was the Reform Party, supported by 27% of respondents, results of a survey commissioned by BNS and carried out by pollster TNS Emor showed.
The Center Party came in second with 21%, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) third with 17%, the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) came next with 14%, followed by the Free Party and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) with 11 and 6%, respectively.
Compared to the survey carried out in April, the Reform Party's support grew by 4%, the Center Party's support decreased by 1%, while that of SDE and EKRE increased by 1% each. The Free Party's support declined by 4%, and IRL's by 1%.
The coalition's support in June clocked in at 50%, which is 4% more than in April.