The public received the new coalition government positively, with 54% of respondents in a recent survey saying that they supported or rather supported the new government, and only 19% percent making statements to the contrary, daily Eesti Päevaleht reported on Saturday.
Of the respondents, 27% didn’t indicate a preference. While there was no significant difference between the ratios of positive answers of ethnic Estonians and respondents of other ethnic backgrounds, the percentage of negative answers among Estonian respondents, 24%, was two times that of respondents of other ethnic backgrounds, which stood at 12%.
The job approval survey was taken by Turu-Uuringute AS for Eesti Päevaleht.
Poll result: Residents credit new prime minister with 3.54 points out of five
Respondents in the poll gave Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) 3.54 points on average on a five-point scale, an approval rating that his predecessor Taavi Rõivas never even came close to, Eesti Päevaleht said.
Päevaleht and pollster Turu-Uuringute AS have been conducting surveys of residents’ approval of the prime minister on a regular basis since May 2015. In that period, before Ratas only Rõivas had been in office, whose rating never made a full three points in the 17 surveys taken.
The first survey with Ratas as prime minister, conducted on the day Ratas assumed office, produced a rating of 3.54 percent.
Where previously the question put to respondents was about the score they give to the work of Taavi Rõivas as prime minister, in the latest survey the question was: “What do you believe your assessment of the work of Jüri Ratas as prime minister will be?” Hence the outcome reflects people’s expectations rather than their opinion of work already done. And the expectations regarding Ratas’ were running high, Eesti Päevaleht wrote.
Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn