President remains most popular public figure

Despite some recent clashes with the Saeima - or perhaps because of them - more than 60 percent of Latvian residents are positive about the work of Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, Latvian daily Diena reported December 5, citing the latest survey conducted by the SKDS pollster.

As many as 12.3 percent voiced a "very positive'' assessment of Vejonis’ work, and 50.8 percent said it is ''rather positive''. At the same time, 16.3 percent voiced a negative attitude to the president’s work, and 4.2 percent voiced a very negative opinion.

A very small share of respondents or 0.8 percent had not heard the name of the president at all. The overall approval rating for the president was 42.5, which is the highest among Latvian politicians, said Diena.

The survey also shows that other rating leaders are Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs (on trial for major graft for nearly a decade) with a 23 point approval rating and Riga City Mayor Nils Usakovs with 19.7 points.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis scored just 4.8 points as 39.8 percent voiced a positive opinion about him, and 35 percent voiced a negative opinion.

Positive ratings were also scored by New Conservative Party chairman Janis Bordans (1.3), and Movement For! leader Daniels Pavluts (0.7).

On the bottom of the list was Riga City Council lawmaker Juta Strike  of the New Conservative Party with a negative rating of -18.1 points, maverick MP Artuss Kaimins with -16.1 points, and Riga City Council lawmaker Martins Bondars with -14.4 points.

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