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February party ratings: Support for coalition parties below 40 percent

Coalition party chairmen Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE), Jüri Ratas (Center), Helir-Valdor Seeder (IRL).
Coalition party chairmen Jevgeni Ossinovski (SDE), Jüri Ratas (Center), Helir-Valdor Seeder (IRL). Source: (ERR)

For the second month in a row, the combined support for Estonia's three coalition parties remained below 40 percent, as the opposition Reform Party was rated the most popular among voters.

Support for the Reform Party remained steady for the second month in a row at 34 percent, followed by the coalition Center Party with 21 percent, it appears from the results of a survey commissioned by daily Postimees (link in Estonian) and conducted by Kantar Emor in February.

Support for the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has fallen one percent from 18 to 17 percent, but the opposition party has nonetheless maintained a steady grip on its position as third most popular party in Estonia. The junior coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SDE), meanwhile, maintaned a stable 11 percent in voter support.

The only two parties who managed to increase their support this month were the opposition Free Party and coalition Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), support for whom increased to seven and six percent, respectively.

While the combined support for the government coalition remained stable over 45 percent last year, since the beginning of 2018, it has dropped below 40 percent, with a combined 38 percent of voters in Estonia currently supporting coalition parties.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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