Lithuania’s daily Lietuvos rytas on 30 January published latest opinion polls. According to the polls the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite remained the most popular politician in Lithuania and the Social Democrats the most popular political party.
According to the poll some 40.4 pct of Lithuania’s residents convinced that the President represent their interests ‘s the best. Even though it is by far the best result, Grybauskaite has lost some popularity, since in December with 42 pct of Lithuanians support.
Opinion poll indicates that the Parliament’s Speaker Irena Degutiene is gaining popularity and firmly remains in the second position of the most popular politicians. This month same 15.1 pct favoured Degutiene, up from 13.6 pct from December.
Rolandas Paksas, currently Member of the European Parliament, impeached president and the Chairperson of the Order and Justice remained the third most popular with 6.4 pct, up from 5.1 pct. Another MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the Chairperson of the Labour Party held his forth place with 5.2 pct, but down from 6.8 pct in December.
The Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has drastically improved his stand by jumping into the fifth place with 4.1 pct from 2.3 pct in December. The Social Democrat Party’s Chairperson MP Algirdas Butkevicius in sixth place with 3.7 pct, down by 5.3 pct. MP Julius Veselka with 3.5 pct follows, then the Chairperson of the Liberal Movement and Transport Minister Eligijus Masiulis got trust of 2.8 pct Lithuania’s residents. He is followed by a former President and PM, Social Democrat Algirdas Brazauskas with 2.5 pct and Kestutis Cilinskas the Human Rights lawyer and a Chairperson of the United Democratic Movement is in the tenth position with 2.4 pct up from 2 pct.
If the Parliamentary elections have taken place in mid of January the opposition Social Democrat party would have gathered 15.5 pct, down from 16.1 in December. The Conservative party, which is in the ruling coalition, would get 12.8 pct and would be the second largest party. The Conservative party has improved its position since December with 9.6 pct.
The opposition Order and Justice party would come third with 10.9 pct, a slight loss from December with 10.8 pct. The other opposition party, the Labour party would also enter the Parliament with 9,8 pct. The party had lost a lot of support, since in December it would have gathered 16 pct.
The other parties would not have passed the required 5 pct threshold necessary to enter into the Parliament. If the elections had taken place in mid of January the two Liberal parties would not have made it into the Parliament at all. The Liberal Movement would have received 4.2 pct, and the other coalition partner the Liberal and Centre Party would have secured only 0,6 pct of voters.
Nevertheless, one should keep in mind that 22.4 pct of all asked would not vote at all, and some 15.8 pct are still undecided.
The opinion poll was conducted by Vilmorus pollster on January 4-17.