Social Dems: Bold Support for Cohabitation Act Responsible for Poll Drop (3)
Social Democrat secretary general Indrek Saar said his party lost four percentage points in the latest political party poll due to backing the Cohabitation Act, which gives same-sex couples more legal rights.
Saar told Delfi he does not regret supporting the act, which was narrowly passed by Parliament, adding that the party's position on the topic was unpopular with some of their supporters. He said socioeconomic topics, with which the party has long dealt with, will resurface as the major topic.
Center Party MP Kadri Simson said the fresh ratings, which elevated her party on level with the ruling Reform Party shows they are the opposition leaders. She said the ratings for the coalition members have spiked after the change in partner for the Reform Party.
She said the Cohabitation Act was not the only thing that shaped the fresh polls, as IRL, which was against, also lost points.
Reform Party secretary general Martin Kukk said voters see the elections as a contest between Taavi Rõivas (Reform) and Edgar Savisaar (Center), and a choice of moving forward or tracking back towards the Kremlin.
Kukk's IRL counterpart Tiit Riisalo said the party is not worried about a two-point drop, saying it was statistically insignificant. IRL board member Margus Tsahkna said the Social Democrats are beginning to lose their identity, as junior coalition partners. He said they have a choice of pushing through work ability reform and domestic ferry tender against the wishes of the Reform Party, or losing face.
With four months to go until parliamentary elections, the Center Party (up one percentage point compared to last month) and the Reform Party (unchanged) are top of the ratings table with 27 percent each. SDE has 19 percent (down four) and IRL 16 (down two).