Ratings: Support for EKRE has fallen over the past week ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Martin Helme and Mart Helme at the EKRE. Congress
Martin Helme and Mart Helme at the EKRE. Congress Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) saw a drop in their support ratings last week, polling by Norstat, on behalf of the Institute for Societal Studies (MTÜ Ühiskonnauuringute Instituut), shows. The Reform Party continues to be the most popular party.

The latest polling shows the Reform Party has 31.6 percent support, the Center Party 24.7 percent and EKRE 15.6 percent.

Support for EKRE fell by 1.3 percent, the highest decline for any party.

Other parties' level of support remains similar to previous weeks. 

The top three are followed by the Social Democratic Party (SDE) with 9.1 percent, non-parliamentary party Estonia 200 with 8.5 percent and Isamaa with 5.6 percent.

The latest aggregate results reflect the survey period from June 9 to July 13, and a total of 4,002 Estonian citizens of voting age were interviewed. 

Researcher Martin Mölder said that a period of stability continues in Estonian party ratings and no significant changes can be highlighted in comparison with previous weeks.

The only major shift is the declining trend in support for EKRE, which has slid from slightly over 18 percent in mid-May to 15.6 percent in mid-July.

Also, the share of voters not having a party preference has been growing continuously since the end of May, which apparently indicates that people are thinking less than usual about politics in summer. 

Another notable change, Molder highlighted a widening gap between the two largest parties - Reform and Center - in the female voter segment, which has expanded to 7 percentage points in favor of Reform from a statistically insignificant difference in June.

At the same time, Reform has been losing significant amounts of supporters in the youngest age group of 24 years and younger since the beginning of June, whereas the second opposition party in the parliament, SDE, has doubled its rating in that age segment

The statistical error of the survey is +/- 1.55 percent.

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