April party ratings: Support of IRL drops further ({{commentsTotal}})

Their party keeps losing ground: IRL chairmanship candidates Helir-Valdor Seeder (left) and Kaia Iva (right).
Their party keeps losing ground: IRL chairmanship candidates Helir-Valdor Seeder (left) and Kaia Iva (right). Source: (ERR)

The Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), about to elect a new chairman, continues to lose ground. According to the most recent party ratings by pollster Turu-uuringute AS, they are below the national threshold at just 4 percent voter support.

The survey carried out for ERR showed that if Estonians were to elect a new parliament tomorrow, IRL would have just 4 percent support, down from 8 percent in the same pollster’s March ratings.

IRL’s numbers had previously dropped below the 5-percent national threshold in the March survey of pollster Kantar Emor and the Baltic News Service.

The April survey also shows a drop in the support of the governing Center Party. Where 30 percent of voters supported the prime minister’s party in March, it reached 26 percent in April.

The opposition Reform Party’s ratings increased by 5 percent, now at 25 percent right behind the Center Party.

The Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), the Social Democrats, and the Free Party had more or less the same following in April they had in the previous month, at 14, 12, and 8 percent. The Free Party’s recent election of a new chairman, Artur Talvik, did not affect their performance in the survey.

According to the survey, the party outside parliament with the greatest voter support is the Estonian Greens at 3 percent.

For the first time since the coalition of Center Party, the Social Democrats, and IRL took over, the combined support of the opposition at 47 percent is higher than that of the coalition at 42 percent.

Turu-uuringute AS asked 1,001 Estonian citizens who they would vote for if parliamentary elections were to be held tomorrow. The survey was conducted between Apr. 25 and May 9.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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