Center Party More Popular in Tallinn than Three Opposition Parties Combined
The Center Party would collect 46 percent of the votes in Tallinn and the other Parliament parties would amass a total of 40 percent if local elections took place today.
The Social Democrats (SDE) would receive 18 percent, and the Reform Party and IRL both 11 percent of the votes in Tallinn city municipality elections, according to a poll conducted by Emor and commissioned by ERR.
Edgar Savisaar, current mayor of the capital and chairman of the Center Party, is favored by 43 percent to continue leading the city.
Andres Anvelt of SDE is second with 9 percent, followed by very closely by the Reform Party's Valdo Randpere, Eerik-Niiles Kross of IRL and surprisingly, Mart Helme of the Conservative People's Party.
While Helme's candidature for mayor is backed by 9 percent of respondents, only 1 percent support his party.
“Very clearly the Center Party can collect an absolute majority again,” said Vello Pettai, who heads the Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Tartu.
“The only saving throw, in Tallinn, would be the joint victory of the current opposition trio – with over 50 percent. Whether they can achieve that goal is currently hard to predict as the Reform Party is still under attack,” Pettai said.
Reform Party suffering
Deputy chairman of the Reform Party, Jürgen Ligi, said that the damage done by one culprit has affected the rating of his party.
“In time, people will begin to accept the swift reaction of the party [to the Ojuland saga] and will note that objectively, Estonia is still doing relatively well,” said Ligi, the current finance minister.
Ligi said they could do badly at the local elections, set for October 20 this year, but will spring back for the parliamentary elections in 2015.