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Zatlers Reform Party: assessment of popularity ratings - speculation

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Just a week ahead of the 11th Saeima elections, Zatlers Reform Party’s (ZRP) popularity ratings have plunged. Members of the party have their own explanation to this. Moreover, they do not pay that big attention to them at all.

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Viktors Makarovs

“The current ZRG popularity ratings raise optimism, however one should bear in mind there are numbers of them and some – not reliable,” Viktors Makarovs, politic scientist and ZRP member, told in an interview to the news agency BNN.

He adds that ratings are changing all the time depending on how soon parties launch their pre-election campaigns.

Makarovs singles out that not only have they the name of the ex-president Valdis Zatlers, but also a clear programme. According to him, they are optimistic about their chances.

“But still I cannot yet forecast the outcome of the elections,” he says.

The former Saeima member Klavs Olsteins, who quit Unity to join ZRP, told BNN that he is not attributing that great attention to popularity ratings. “At the moment we need to think of addressing people who have not yet made up their mind. And there are a lot of them. Assessing ratings is a speculation,” he says.

Sociology firm Latvian Facts polls show that just a week before the Saeima elections Unity’s rating is now ahead of ZRP.

ZRP came in second, with 17.3% expressing their support in August. Their rating is now down to 11.4%.

Harmony center ranks in the lead, with 20.3% of citizens willing to vote for them. Their rating is up 2% versus August. Unity is the second most popular party, with 13.6% – up from 10.4% in August.

Asked whether the plunge of popularity could in any way be linked to the fuss around ZRP prime minister candidate Edmunds Sprudzs and his education, fellow party members deny it, saying that it was no scandal at all. They claim that these were just questions that have already been answered.


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