Party ratings for November show few big shifts

More than a month after the 14th Saeima elections, which were held on October 1, there's was little major to report in terms of changes of political allegiance in November, according to the latest polling data conducted by the research center SKDS, commissioned by Latvian Television (LTV). 

Asked who they would vote for if elections took place tomorrow, the public continued to offer the greatest level of support to the New Unity (Jaunā Vienotība, JV) party of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, as was the case in the elections. The level of support was down by around 2%, however.

Next comes the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) with 9.5%, which also saw a drop of two percentage points compared to October. In third place is the National Alliance (NA) on 8.6%, a slight increase since October.

The Progressives (8.3%) and United List (8%) are in fourth and fifth places, but no other party manages to attract as uch as 5% support. The Progressives – who were controversially left out of the incoming coalition frmed by New Unity, the National Alliance and the United List – appear to have gained public support as a result and are the biggest gainers relative to the election results.

The survey was conducted in November, surveying 1,795 citizens of Latvia in all regions of the country, both in direct interviews and on the Internet.

Nearly 18% of respondents said they didn't know for whom they would vote and almost 9% said they wouldn't bother to vote at all.

As reported by LSM at the time, the 14th Saeima elections were held on October 1, and a total of seven political forces  were elected to the parliament: New Unity (JV), the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS), United List (AS), National Alliance (NA), For Stability! (S!), Latvia in First Place (LPV) and the Progressives (P).

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