2020.01.27 09:45

Lithuanian PM's popularity rating plunges further down – survey

Jūratė Skėrytė, BNS 2020.01.27 09:45

Approval rating of Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has continued to plunge in light of the ongoing dispute with the country's president over the embattled transport minister, according to Vladas Gaidys, head of Vilmorus pollster.

Skvernelis' public disapproval rating rose by almost 9 points in January to 38.6 percent, from 29.9 percent last month, according to the latest survey by Vilmorus for the Lietuvos Rytas daily, published on Saturday.

36.4 percent had a favourable opinion about the prime minister, down from 42.9 percent.

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda have repeatedly criticised the transport minister and demanded his dismissal. Skvernelis, however, maintained his support for Narkevič, who is is the most unpopular politician in the country.

Only 7.5 percent had a positive opinion about the transport minister and 55.4 percent had a negative one, compared from 5.4 and 57.4 percent in December.

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Meanwhle, Nausėda remains the most popular politician in Lithuania, having regained his November-level popularity rating of 73.6 percent, up from 69.3 percent in December.

7 percent had an unfavourable opinion about the president, down from 8.4 percent.

The survey also showed that Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is second most popular politician after Nausėda with 50.2 percent approval score, compared to 50.7 percent in December.

He is followed by Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis with 47.7 percent (45.2 percent in December), and Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis with 41.6 percent (40.7 percent).

The top 10 most popular politicians in Lithuania also includes Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis (32 percent), liberal MP Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen (29.6 percent), Education, Science and Sports Minister Algirdas Monkevičius (27.8 percent), Labour Party leader Viktor Uspaskich (27.8 percent) and Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga (26.9 percent).

Vilmorus carried out the survey of 1,022 people between January 10 and 18.

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