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2019.10.21 12:00

Lithuanian ruling party's popularity ‘lowest since 2016’

Šarūnas Sabaitis, BNS2019.10.21 12:00

Lithuania's main ruling party, the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), lost over 3 percentage points in popularity rating in October, conceding the lead position to the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.

A little over one tenth, 11.1 percent, of people surveyed in Lithuania said they would vote for the Farmers and Greens, and 15.6 percent would support the Homeland Union, from 14.6 and 14.4 percent, respectively, in September, according to the latest survey by Vilmorus for the Lietuvos Rytas daily.

Vladas Gaidys, the head of Vilmorus, told BNS it was the worst result for the LVŽS since 2016. Among those who are decided how they'd vote, 19 percent said in October they would vote for the LVŽS, and 26.7 percent would vote for the conservatives.

“Over a quarter of the voting people picked the conservatives in October, but that's not their best result this year. They scored even better before the presidential election where their candidate Ingrida Šimonytė was running,” Gaidys told BNS.

The Social Democratic Party of Lithuania came in next with 6.8 percent, followed by the Labour Party (5.4 percent), and the Order and Justice party (4.8 percent).

The Liberal Movement scored 4.6 percent, followed by the Social Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania (3.3 percent), the Centre Party (2.7 percent), the Freedom Party (2.2 percent) and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (1.8 percent).

Almost a quarter (24.3 percent) of the surveyed were undecided how to vote and 12.5 percent said they would not go to the polls at all.

The survey of 1,020 people was carried out on October 4-13.