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Estonia: Center Party's support among Russian-speakers drops.

The rating of the ruling Center Party among Russian-speaking voters fell almost 17 percentage points in April compared with March, it appears from the outcome of a poll taken by Kantar Emor for BNS and Postimees earlier this month.

Where in the three months from January to March the rating of Center among the Russian-speaking electorate climbed from 65.4 percent to 79.8 percent, in April it was 62.9 percent. The opposition Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) had emerged as the second most popular party among Russian-speaking citizens with a rating of 12 percent, third place belonged to the opposition Reform Party with 11.1 percent and fourth place to the ruling coalition member Social Democratic Party (SDE) with 9.3 percent.

The opposition Free Party was the choice of 1.9 percent, Greens, a party with no seats in parliament, of 1.4 percent, People's Unity Party, which also is not represented in parliament, of 0.7 percent, and ruling coalition member Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) of 0.4 percent of Russian-speaking citizens.

While the Reform Party is the clear preference of Estonian-speaking voters and Center of Russian-speakers, for both voter categories EKRE is the second most popular choice, the outcome of the survey shows.

In the ethnic Estonian segment, Reform led with 35.9 percent, EKRE was in second place with 21.3 percent and SDE third with 11 percent. Center was in fourth place with 8.6 percent, IRL and Greens were in a tie for places 5-6 with 7.5 percent, and the Free Party was in seventh place being the choice of 7 percent of ethnic Estonian voters.

Overall, Reform was the choice of 30 percent of respondents having a political preference if elections were held tomorrow, Center was the choice of 21.6 percent, EKRE of 19.1 and SDE of 10.6 percent. Greens had upped their rating to 6.1 percent, while the Free Party and IRL were neck and neck at 5.8 percent.

The survey was conducted by Kantar Emor by means of interviewing 908 citizens aged 18-74 online from April 12 to 18.


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Publication:The Baltic Times (Riga, Latvia)
Date:Apr 26, 2018
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