Latvian public gives lukewarm reaction to new coalition

A public opinion survey carried out for Latvian Television's debate show "What's happening in Latvia?" suggests the public finds the prospect of a new three-party coalition little more attractive than the old three-party coalition it replaces. 

The research was carried out for LTV by the SKDS pollster in the period from September 6 to 8 this year and surveyed 1,005 Latvian residents.

19% of those polled believe that the new government coalition formed by New Unity (JV), the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) and the Progressives (P) will be better than the outgoing New Unity, United List, National Alliance coalition.

16% of respondents believe that the outgoing coalition was a better model, while 41% believe that a coalition of other political forces would be better. 

The assessment of the best coalition model appears to have some correlation with the language of the respondents' conversations at home – 25% of respondents who speak Latvian in the family home consider the current coalition composition to be better, while only 17% consider the newly formed coalition model to be better. 

Meanwhile, respondents who speak Russian in the family home have the opposite opinion – 24% of the respondents belonging to this group consider the new coalition model to be better, while only 2% prefer the outgoing coalition.

Younger respondents have a more optimistic view of the new coalition than older ones. In the age group from 18 to 24, 32% of respondents believe that the coalition formed by JV, ZZS and P is the best option.

As previously reported by LSM, after weeks of negotiations the Saeima is due to vote on installing a new government on Friday, September 15.

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