Reform Party retakes 2nd place in popularity poll

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With the opposition Center Party maintaining the top spot, the Reform Party again emerged as the second most popular political party in Estonia in a survey taken by TNS Emor earlier this month, pushing the Free Party to third place.

According to the outcome of the survey commissioned by BNS, Reform would be the choice of 20 percent and Free Party of 17 percent of voters if polls were held tomorrow. In the previous similar poll taken in June Reform had a rating of 18 percent, one percentage point lower than that of the Free Party.

Center topped the list with a rating of 25 percent in August, one percentage point lower than in similar surveys in April, May and June.

The rating of the Social Democratic Party (SDE), junior partner in the Rerform-led government coalition, was unchanged at 16 percent, while the third government party, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), and the opposition Conservative People's Party (EKRE) both had a rating of 9 percent. Support for IRL was one percentage point higher than in the previous survey and support for EKRE was unchanged.

Greens had a rating of 3 percent, and the Independence Party and People's Unity Party one percent each, likewise unchanged from the previous survey.

Support for parties of the ruling coalition has risen by two points compared with the poll taken in June to 45 percent.  

In August 17 percent of respondents could not say which party they would vote for, compared with 24 percent in June.

TNS Emor conducted the survey by interviewing 1,037 Estonian citizens of ages 18-74 from Aug. 12-19. Of the interviews 448 were made in homes and 589 over the internet.