Poll: party rankings remain the same in Latvia

The state of emergency has not had a positive impact on the popularity of political parties, Latvian Television reported on June 12.

According to a survey conducted by research center SKDS at the end of May, if Saeima elections were to take place now, nearly half of participants admitted that they either did not know who to vote for or they would not participate in the elections.

From the government coalition parties, the most popular choice was New Unity, represented by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš. Next come National Alliance and Development/For. New Conservative Party did worse, supported only by 3.7% of respondents, and KPV LV did worst of all on just 2% support. 

Nevertheless, opposition parties remain more popular than any coalition parties. First place in the public's affections is still held by Harmony, with 13.2% of participants supporting the party. The second most popular choice is the opposition Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS).

Compared to the rankings in February, before the COVID-19 crisis, it appears that the state of emergency has had a minimal impact on the popularity of the parties. 

Compared with the party rankings in February, before the Covid-19 crisis, it appears that the extreme has had a minimal impact on the popularity of the parties.

The head of SKDS, sociologist Arnis Kaktiņš, said that "there are other polls that show the positions of individual politicians have changed quite significantly... But it looks like this extends to the level of individuals, but so far has not referred to parties as larger groups."

Half of those surveyed didn't name any favorites among the parties. The number of non-decided voters has risen to 29.6% by the end of May and was the most popular response in the survey. Each fifth person responded that they would not participate in the elections.

In total, 902 citizens aged 18 to 75 participated in the survey.

 

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