2020.02.24 13:00

Lithuania's conservatives still most popular, socdems catching up – survey

BNS2020.02.24 13:00

Although the conservatives remain the most popular party in Lithuania, the opposition social democrats are catching up to the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens in second, according to a survey.

The most popular party in February was the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats with 17.7 percent, Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) with 11.6 percent in second, and Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP) with 11.3 percent in third, according to the latest survey by Vilmorus for the Lietuvos Rytas daily.

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In February. 9.7 percent were ready to vote for the social democrats, up from 8.9 percent in January. The support for conservatives increased from 16.5 percent in January, while the support for LVŽS went down from 11.6 in January

The LSDP is the largest political party in Lithuania with over 17,000 members. It has nine seats in the parliament.

The party split in 2017, and its members who refused to join the ruling coalition with the LVŽS established a new party, the Social Democratic Labour Party of Lithuania (LSDDP).

The Labour Party, not to be confused with the LSDDP, comes next in the poll with 5.9 percent, followed by the Order and Justice party with 5.7 percent, and the Liberal Movement with 3.1 percent.

2.3 percent would vote for the LSDDP, 1.6 percent would back the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance.

Meanwhile, 1.2 percent would vote for the Freedom Party, and 1.1 percent would give their votes to the Centre Party 'Welfare Lithuania'.

24.1 percent said in February they did not know who to vote for, down from 25.3 percent in January. And 12.5 percent said they would not vote at all, compared to 13.5 percent last month.

Vilmorus carried out the survey of 1,020 people on Feb 7-13.

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