Free Party rises to 2nd in June party popularity rankings

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According to the latest TNS Emor poll commissioned by BNS, the Free Party has become the second most popular party after Center in Estonia.

Support for the Free Party rose to 19 percent from 18 percent a month earlier. The ruling Reform Party at the same time lost popularity. With support dropping by a percentage point to 18 percent, the party fell to third after the Free Party in popularity rankings.

The opposition Center Party remains the most popular party by a wide margin. Its support in June was unchanged from the previous month at 26 percent.

Support for the Social Democratic Party (SDE) declined by a percentage point to 16 percent and it remains the fourth most popular party in the country.

The Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE), at 9 percent, gained one percentage point. Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), unchanged at 8 percent, is the least popular of the ruling coalition parties.

Support for the nonparliamentary Estonian Greens, Estonian Independence Party and People's Unity Party is below the 5 percent election threshold at respectively 3 percent, 1 percent and 1 percent.

Combined support for the coalition parties Reform, SDE and IRL stands at just 43 percent, down by another percentage point since the previous poll.

In June 24 percent of respondents were unable to name their party preference, four percentage points more than a month earlier.

TNS Emor interviewed 1,323 voting-age citizens from June 10-17, conducting 401 face to face interviews and 922 internet interviews.

At the March 1 parliamentary elections the Reform Party won 27.7 percent, Center 24.8 percent, SDE 15.2 percent, IRL 13.7 percent, Free Party 8.7 percent and EKRE 8.1 percent of the vote.

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