Party ratings: Support for Center on the rise again ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (left) and Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (right) at the congress of the Center Party.
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (left) and Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (right) at the congress of the Center Party. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The support for the coalition Center Party, which has been in decline since the end of May, has started to move upwards, according to a recent survey by pollsters Norstat. The opposition parties (Reform, Social Democrats) are nearly 3 percentage points back from the three coalition parties (Center, EKRE and Isamaa).

Support for Center reached 23.6 percent as of Wednesday, September 9, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from last week's 22.1 percent. It seems the decline in ratings for the prime minister's party has ended, Norstat noted in their press release.

The Reform Party continues to be far ahead of the pack, with the opposition party preferred by 33.5 percent of people of voting age. Second-place Center is followed by the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) with 15.9 percent of support.

Norstat acknowledged that looking at long-time trends, a slight drop in support can be noticed for the coalition EKRE, losing two percent of its support over the last four weeks.

The top three are followed by Estonia 200 (8.6 percent), the Social Democratic Party (8.4 percent) and Isamaa (5.2 percent), who are just above the electoral threshold of 5 percent required to get Riigikogu seats

The coalition parties (Center, EKRE, Isamaa) currently sit at 44.7 percent support among voting age respondents with the two opposition parties, Reform and the Social Democrats, seeing a total of 41.9 percent support, according to Norstat.

Norstat claims a +/ 1.55 percent margin of error in its weekly surveys, which poll a little over 4,000 people of voting age, reflecting various socio-demographic groups.

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