Rul­ing Lfgu re­mains most pop­u­lar party

The Baltic Times - - LITHUANIAN NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

The rul­ing Lithua­nian Farm­ers and Greens Union (LFGU) con­tin­ues to top pop­u­lar­ity rank­ings, with 26 per cent of re­spon­dents say­ing they would vote for it if gen­eral elec­tions were held next Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by the poll­ster RAIT for BNS.

The con­ser­va­tive Home­land Union–lithua­nian Chris­tian Democrats holds onto its num­ber two spot with 10 per cent sup­port, but the Lithua­nian So­cial Demo­cratic Party and the Lib­eral Move­ment are hot on its heels with 9 per cent each.

The con­ser­va­tives’ pop­u­lar­ity dropped by 4 per­cent­age points over the month. Changes in other par­ties’ rank­ings were within the er­ror mar­gin.

The sur­vey was con­ducted be­fore prose­cu­tors said they sus­pected the Lib­eral Move­ment of hav­ing in­di­rectly re­ceived il­le­gal fi­nan­cial sup­port from MG Baltic, one of the coun­try’s big­gest busi­ness groups.

With sup­port from 3 per cent of re­spon­dents, the Or­der and Jus­tice party is the clos­est to clear­ing the 5 per cent hur­dle re­quired to en­ter the Seimas.

Two per cent of those polled said they would vote for the Elec­toral Ac­tion of Poles in Lithua­nia–chris­tian Fam­i­lies Al­liance, the Lithua­nian Free­dom Union and the Lithua­nian Greens Party each.

The sur­vey shows that all of Lithua­nia’s top-rank­ing politi­cians con­tinue to en­joy rather high ap­proval rat­ings.

PM Saulius Skver­nelis was rated fa­vor­ably by 67 per cent of re­spon­dents last month, fol­lowed by Pres­i­dent Dalia Gry­bauskaite with 63 per cent, LFGU chair­man Ra­mu­nas Kar­bauskis with 51 per cent and Vik­toras Pranck­i­etis, the speaker of the Seimas, with 49 per cent.

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