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Poll: SDE, IRL voters would prefer other party leaders for prime minister

The Reform Party board convened on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
The Reform Party board convened on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) voters prefer the leaders of other parties to those of their own favorite parties, the results of a recent poll show.

Many voters do not believe that the chairmen of the current junior coalition partners SDE and IRL would make for a suitable prime minister, and it looks likely that it will be a tight race between the chairpersons of the Center Party and the opposition Reform Party, it appears from the results of a survey commissioned by daily Eesti Päevaleht (link in Estonian) and conducted in February by Turu-uuringute AS.

Kaja Kallas, confirmed recently as the only candidate for the next chairperson of the Reform Party, received the most support as the next possible prime minister, earning the support of 25 percent of citizens of voting age.

Current Prime Minister Jüri Ratas earned the support of 21 percent, while Mart Helme, chairman of the opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), earned the support of ten percent of voters.

Just three percent of those polled believed that SDE chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski would make for a suitable prime minister, tying with IRL chairman Helir-Valdor Seeder, who does not belong to the current government.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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