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Latvian diaspora’s most liked political parties include KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par! and Progressive

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to results of a survey organized by Union of European Latvians and latviesi.com portal, Latvian diaspora members would propose six candidate lists past the 5% barrier in the Saeima: KPV LV (24.4%), ‘Attīstībai/Par!’ party (19.5%), Progressive (17.2%), New Conservative Party (10.8%), New Unity (8%) and National Alliance (7.3%).

5.3% of interviewed members of Latvian diaspora could not make up their mind, according to the information published by latviesi.com.

ELA and latviesi.com note that the survey was organized to include voters from the diaspora in Latvia’s civic and political consciousness.

Around 130,000 Latvian citizens living abroad are estimated to have voting rights for this year’s upcoming Saeima elections.

«This is a historic number. The same can be said for the number of election sites in foreign countries (121). By actively voting, diaspora voters would be able to elect up to eight deputies from Riga election region. In spite of that, up until now there has not been any survey organized to determine the ratings of political parties among members of Latvian diaspora. This represents a blank for ratings in Latvia,» explains ELA Vice Chairperson Elīna Pinto.

This survey was performed on the internet over the course from 20 to 30 September. Questionnaires were sent out to registered users of latviesi.com, associate organizations of Union of European Latvians and diaspora media. Questionnaires were also sent to around one hundred Facebook groups.

889 unique respondents had taken part in the survey. Of them, 82.7% of members declared their residence in Europe outside Latvia, 6.2% – in North and South America, 1.7% in Australia or New Zealand. There were also registered users from CIS, Africa and the Middle East.

89.5% of respondents mentioned their native language is Latvian, 5.7% – Russian, and 3.1% – English.


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