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SKDS: Saeimā izredzes iekļūt 7 līdz 12 sarakstiem

All to fight for with one week until Saeima elections in Latvia

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With just one week until Latvia's 14th Saeima elections take place on October 1, Latvian television and the SKDS pollster have released a final poll of the voting intentions of the public.

Asked which way they would vote if Saeima elections were held tomorrow, 1,825 Latvian citizens of voting age gave Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš' New Unity (JV) top spot with 13.3%, almost double the opposition Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) with 7.8 %. They take second place despite having as their Prime Ministerial candidate Aivars Lembergs – a man sent to prison for five years and sanctioned by the United States.

Third place is held by the right-of-center National Alliance (NA) on 7.3%, followed by the relatively new United List (AS) on 5.4%, which is made up of various smaller parties in an alliance that gives them more critical mass. Harmony (S), which describes itself as a social democrat party, is next with 5.1%. 

In sixth and seventh place are two liberal-oriented parties the Progressives (P) on 4.9% and For Development/For! (A/P!) on 3.6%. 

No other parties make it across the 5%-of-the-vote threshold required to win seats in the Saeima, though several parties are hovering just below that level. Thus anything from 7 to 12 parties might constitute the next Saeima. There are 19 parties contesting the election in all. For more information on them, see our earlier series of features, and for a full run-down of how the elections work in Latvia, we can offer this.

However, it should be noted that a significant portion of the electorate remains uncommitted as yet. 10.4% of those surveyed said they had no intention of voting at all and nearly a quarter (23.7%) said they remained undecided, so candidates will have plenty to fight over during the next seven days, and it would be no surprise to see the popularity of parties in the final voting tallies differ considerably from the pre-election polls. 

In an additional question about how motivated to vote people were, SKDS and LTV obtained the following data: 37% of people said they would definitely vote, 33% said they would probably vote, 13% said they would probably not vote and 10% said they would definitely not vote. 7% were unable even to decide on this question.


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