Incumbent Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) is the premier of choice for around a third of Estonian voters, according to a recent survey, though support has sapped somewhat since the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas' support is increasing.
The research, conducted by pollsters Turu-uuringute on behalf of daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) found that 34 percent of respondents chose Ratas as best prime ministerial candidate. In March through to May his rating was 36 percent, however.
Leader of the largest opposition party – Reform – and indeed the largest party of the five represented at the Riigikogu, Kaja Kallas, has seen support going in the opposite direction, from 24 percent in April, to 26 percent in May and 27 percent by the latest figures, Turu-uuringute says.
Of factors behind the fall in support for Ratas, controversy regarding the government's proposed bill to abolish the party financing oversight watchdog at a time when Center, the largest coalition party, has been dogged by another donation scandal, is the most significant, Karin Reivart, head of Turu-uuringute's research, told EPL.
The emergency situation's expiry over a month ago may also have affected Ratas' popularity; during the peak of the pandemic the government had seen a rise in support over its perceived handling of the crisis, particularly earlier on.
The Turu-uuringute/EPL research polled 880 Estonian citizens of voting age, in the week June 9-15.
Editor: Andrew Whyte