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January party ratings: Support for Center, Reform tied

Support for the ruling Center Party and opposition Reform Party tied up in January 2018.
Support for the ruling Center Party and opposition Reform Party tied up in January 2018. Source: (Siim Lõvi/Anette Parksepp/ERR)

Support for the coalition Center Party and opposition Reform Party has tied, while support for the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) has hit the critical election threshold, it appears from the results of a nationwide poll commissioned by ERR and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS.

The Center Party was supported by 27 and Reform Party by 26 percent of participants asked about their political preferences. Compared to the previous month's results, these numbers indicated a two-percent drop in support for Center and a two-percent increase in support for Reform.

Support for the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the Social Democratic Party (SDE), meanwhile, remained steady at 12 and 11 percent, respectively.

The largest decrease in support was recorded in support for IRL, which dropped from eight percent to the election threshold of five percent. The Free Party and non-parliamentary Estonian Greens both earned the support of just four percent of participants, falling below the election threshold.

Overall total support for the government coalition, consisting of Center, SDE and IRL, thus totals 43 percent, but support for the opposition, which consists of Reform, EKRE and the Free Party, is virtually tied at 42 percent. 15 percent of participants' preferences were non-parliamentary.

Turu-uuringute AS conducted in-person surveys with 1,003 eligibe voters between Jan. 15-29. Survey results reflect only the answers of those who indicated a political preference, making the results as comparable as possible to the outcome of actual Riigikogu elections. Altogether 31 percent of survey respondents did not indicate a political preference. When surveying 1,000 people, the maximum error does not exceed ±3.1 percent.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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