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President Levits rated extremely low in eyes of Latvian public

Public evaluation of Latvian President Egils Levits is the lowest in history, according to survey data collected by SKDS, Latvian Television reported August 12.

25% of 1000 respondents evaluated the President's activity in general as positive, whereas 60% rated it as negative. When Levits had just been elected President, 37.9% respondents evaluated him positively.

Compare to the ratings of other presidents (displayed as a sum of the positive and negative evaluation percentages) Levits has the lowest rating in history. Initially, Andris Bērziņš' rating was also low but experienced rapid growth immediately. Levits' rating has been in the negatives for months now.

SKDS director Arnis Kaktiņš said: "If we look at the recent months' ratings, Mr Levits stands out as unpopular and compared to other presidents, he currently has historically lower ratings. When Levits started his term, his popularity was at the same level of many presidents before. It was a plus, but since then it has only declined. The lowest point was in March when the negative evaluations reached 63%."

Kaktiņš said that the Covid-19 situation could explain this.

"The society demands strong leaders, someone to govern the country. Latvian government is dealing with the crisis relatively unsuccessfully, and if we look at the president, we cannot say that we have [..] a strong leader, a captain. This is the background to why he is not evaluated appropriately."

Kaktiņš said that Levits has the potential to improve his ratings but if the popularity remains low it is unlikely that politicians would elect him for the second term.

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