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Party ratings for March show politicians have plenty of work to do

The latest party ratings for March show good results for the non-parliamentary left-leaning party Progresīvie (Progressives), amid generally underwhelming performance among most other players on the political scene.

At the request of Latvian Television (LTV), the research agency SKDS conducted its monthly survey, which show that as usual the opposition Harmony party commands the largest support (9.9%), though even that constitutes less than 10% of those surveyed.

Respondents were asked which party they would vote for if Saeima elections were held tomorrow. 1,806 citizens aged 18 to 75 in all regions of Latvia were surveyed.

The right-leaning National Alliance, part of the current ruling coalition, is in second place (7.2%) with third place taken by the opposition Greens and Farmers Union (6.4%) and government party New Unity (6.3%) just behind it in fourth.

Newly-founded party Law and Order is included in the survey for the first time and the publicity surrounding its appearance has helped it manage 3.7% support. Perhaps the most notable performer is the Progressives (4.2%), which has overtaken coalition party the New Conservatives (3.9%) while another coalition party, KPV LV slid off the scale completely notwithstanding the fact that it changed its name to "For a Human Latvia".

As usual, by far the largest number of responses came under the categories "Don't know" (28.3%) and "No intention to vote" (17.5%) which suggest that politicians still have plenty of work to do if they are to get the public interested in local government elections on June 5. 

 

 

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