Reform Party retains lead in polls

  • 2007-08-10
  • From wire reports
TALLINN - The latest survey by pollsters TNS Emor shows that the ruling Reform Party has retained its overwhelming lead among Estonian political parties, enjoying 43 percent support in July, the daily Postimees reports.

The party is backed by 50 percent of ethnic Estonians and 13 percent of non-Estonians, the poll reveals.

Reform was followed by the opposition Center Party, which was backed by a fifth of respondents. For several months support for the party led by Edgar Savisaar has been above 70 percent among non-Estonians and below 10 percent among ethnic Estonians. In July the trend continued with ratings of 74 and 7 percent respectively.

TNS Emor project manager Jaanika Hammal observed that the Center Party has always been popular with non-Estonians but in recent months the party's support has grown markedly.

The Pro Patria and Res Publica Union had 13 percent backing, the Social Democratic Party 10 percent, Greens of Estonia 7 percent, and the People's Union 5 percent backing in July.