Second poll confirms Reform Party rebound
A poll by Turu-uuringute AS confirmed that the Reform Party has regained support, while the Free Party is heading the other direction, although the poll was conducted before the Port of Tallinn corruption case and the Social Democrats decision to continue in government.
The poll, commissioned by ERR, showed the Center Party well in the lead with a support rating of 29 percent, which has remained fairly unchanged since May.
The Reform Party increased its popularity from 16 percent in June to 21 percent now. Juhan Kivirähk, who led the study, said the party has shown it can impose its will on a shaky coalition, and appointing Marina Kaljurand as FM also bode well for the ratings, he added.
The Social Democrats had a 14-percent rating, four percentage points lower than in June, although the impact of their decision to stick with the current coalition, and Urve Palo resigning, are yet to register. The 18 percent rating in June was also a spike after Jevgeni Ossinovski was named party head, Kivirähk said.
The Free Party, seen as an alternative to the Reform Party, IRL and the Social Democrats, was as high as 15 percent on the ratings, although the party has come down to 11 percent now, just a point ahead of IRL. Kivirähk said the party lacks an ideological leaning and constant criticism towards the coalition has become tiresome to the public.
In the opposition versus coalition ratings, the coalition is still in a losing position with 45 percent to the opposition's combined 47 percent. In the March 1 general elections, those percentages were 57 and 42 percent.
In a separate Turu-uuringute AS poll in Eesti Päevaleht, the popularity of Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas is still fairly low, although it did increase slightly to 2.77, out of 5, a 0.2 increase since May.