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New Unity retains lead in monthly poll, other coalition parties fall back

July saw some changes in the relative standings of Latvia's political parties, according to the latest monthly poll conducted for Latvian Television by the SKDS pollster published August 8.

Last month New Unity (Jaunā Vienotība, JV) retained its longstanding leading position with 12.6% of the electorate ready to back it. This is an increase of more than 1% on the previous month's figure, suggesting it has yet to suffer the mid-term blues that often afflict a party in power – or maybe the general good mood instilled by the Song and Dance Festival made voters more forgiving than otherwise. 

Second place in July is held by opposition force the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) with 8% of respondents pledging their vote to it, an increase of 0.5% during the month. 

In contrast the third-placed Progressives (P) saw their support slump from 9% in June to 7.9% in July, perhaps as a result of the infighting at Rīga City Council.

But perhaps the biggest loser of the month was Latvija In First Place (LPV) which slipped from second spot in June to fourth place in July as a result of shrinking from 10% to 7.4% support.

Current coalition member the National Alliance (NA) also fell back from 6.6% in June to 5.3% in July. Not far behind, with a slight increase and 5.1% support, is the For Stability! (S!) party. 

The United List (AS) which turned in a strong performance in last year's Saeima elections and is also in government, will be concerned to see its support tumble below the 5% mark to 4.6% from 5.8% a month earlier.

Also struggling is the opposition Harmony (S) party that was for a long time the largest in parliament but which failed to register a single seat in last year's elections. There is no sign of a revival of its fortunes with support slipping back from 4.2% in June to 3.6% in July.

No other party managed to muster even 2% support among the 1,805 voters surveyed.

As ever, a considerable section of public opinion remains either uninterested or undecided. Nearly a quarter (23%) of those surveyed said they didn't know for whom they would vote if elections were held tomorrow, and a further 14.4% said they had no intention of casting a vote at all.


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