RIGA - Just a few days ahead of the municipal elections, scheduled for March 12, leftist alliance For Human Rights in a United Latvia is in the lead with 14.2 percent of Riga residents pledging their support, according to the latest survey conducted by Latvijas Fakti pollster.
The second most popular party, with 12.2 percent support, is Latvia's Social Democratic Worker's Party, the current leader of the ruling coalition in the Riga City Council. The center-right New Time party earned equal support.
The conservative People's Party holds fourth place with 10.9 percent, while New Center, led by Riga Deputy Mayor Sergejs Dolgopolovs, is fifth with 7.5 percent.
Following New Center is the nationalist alliance Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK with 6.5 percent and the leftist People's Harmony Party with 5.5 percent support. Latvia's First Party, with 5.2 percent support, is the last to pass the minimum 5-percent-vote threshold necessary to win seats in the Riga City Council.
Of the residents polled by Latvijas Fakti, 7.5 percent had not yet decided for whom to vote.
Latvijas Fakti conducted the survey on March 7 and 8, polling 400 eligible voters residing in Riga.