Ratings: Center's support falls to lowest in recent years ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas walking away from Center's ratings during elections in 2019, December 2020 and January 2021. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

After losing the prime minister chair in January, the now-coalition Center Party has seen their support dwindling, falling to 17 percent in a recent survey conducted by pollster Turu-uuringute AS.

In December, Center's support was still 25 percent, around their average level since the elections in 2019. A survey conducted after the change in government in January of this year showed Center's support at 20 percent. The significant downward trend grew even further with only 17 percent of all respondents saying they would vote for Center in February.

The opposite has taken place with the current prime ministerial Reform Party. In December, when the party was in opposition, it saw 21 percent support, a number which increased to 27 percent in January after taking power. The support rating received a slight bump for February, reaching 28 percent.

Another riser in the rankings is the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), doing so even while falling from the coalition. In December, while EKRE was in power, along with Center and Isamaa, the party saw 14 percent support. In January, their support grew by three percentage points, the same happened in February, giving EKRE 20 percent of all respondents' support.

Following Center is non-parliamentary Eesti 200. While their support saw a drop after the government changed (from 20 percent in December to 14 in January), Eesti 200's rating has grown again, standing at 16 percent for February.

Support for the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE) is continuing in a stable decline over the last four months and has fallen to 7 percent, also their lowest since the elections in 2019.

Opposition Isamaa Party did not see any changes in their ratings, remaining at 6 percent in February. The Estonian Greens were supported by 2 percent fo respondents to go with 1 percent for the Estonian Party for the Future (TULE).

Total support for the two new coalition partners (Reform-Center) was 45 percent and the opposition parties (EKRE-SDE-Isamaa) saw 33 percent support in February.

Turu-uuringute AS surveyed 1,005 voting-age Estonian citizens. The survey was conducted in February 10-15 with half of the respondents answering via telephone and the other half on the internet.

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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