Dalia Grybauskaite most trusted public figure in Lithuania

  • 2015-06-19
  • From wire reports/George East

A recent survey by Lithuanian news agency ELTA and market research company Baltijos Tyrimai, has revealed President Dalia Grybauskaite is the most trusted public figure in Lithuania.

Speaking to the Baltic Times, Baltijos Tyrimai said 1,000 people were asked between May 23-31, 2015. 

The survey revealed Grybauskaite, who was re-elected as president for a second term in 2014, is the most trusted Lithuanian public figure after recieving 28 percent of the vote. 

In second was Prime Minister and Chair of the Lithuanian Social Democrat Party, Algirdas Butkevicius, on 12 percent.

Member of European Parliament and leader of the Order and Justice Party, Rolandas Paksas* was third with five percent of the vote.

Chair of the Liberal Movement, MP Eligijus Masiulus, received four percent of the vote, while former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, newly elected Vilnius Mayor, Liberal Movement’s Remigius Simasius, and Labour Party founder, MEP Viktor Uspaskikh were all tied on three percent. 

Obtaining two percent of the total vote were economist and Vilnius Municipality Councillor, Ausra Madeikiene, MPs Arturas Palauskas and Naglis Puteikis, plus MEP Vilija Blinkeviciute. 

Of the least trusted public figures were Kaunas Mayor, Visvaldas Matijosaitis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevicius, Seimas Speaker, Loreta Grauziniene, and European Commissioner, Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis.

A total of 80 public figures were mentioned in the survey; a significant drop from the 102 when the same survey was cast April 2015.

Of the 1,000 asked, 25 percent said they neither trusted any public figure nor answered the question.

* Paksas was Lithuanian President between February 2003 to April 2004. However, he was impeached for violating the Lithuanian Constitution and his oath of office.