Around 35% of survey participants see Pīlenas as the best candidate, while around 14% of respondents support the re-election of the current President Egils Levits.
However, the majority, or 52% of the population, marked the choice “another candidate” in the survey.
Similar opinions are divided by gender – 34% of men and 35% of women support Pilena’s candidacy, 15% of men and 13% of women are in favor of Levit, while 51% of men and 52% of women would prefer another candidate.
In Riga, 32% support Pīlen, 17% Levita, and 51% support another candidate. The founder of Pierīga AS is supported by 25%, the current President – 17%, and 58% for another applicant.
Of the participants in the survey in Kurzeme, the largest support – 50% – is given to Pīlēn, while Levits follows with 10%. In Zemgale, 36% support Pīlen and 12% for Levita, in Latgale the support for both candidates is 44% and 5% respectively, while in Vidzeme 30% support Pīlen and 15% for Levita.
Around 30% of Latvians support Pīlen, 20% Levita, and around 51% are in favor of another candidate. Among Russian speakers, 42% support the founder of AS, 3% support Levita, while 55% see a better candidate.
According to the level of education, Pīlenas has the most support from people with secondary special education (40% of this group), while the least support for him comes from people with basic education – 18%.
Levita is most supported by people with higher education (19% of this group), while the least – people with secondary special education (5%).
Of the respondents aged 18 to 29, 24% support Pilena, 22% – Levita, while 54% would rather see another candidate.
In the age group 30 to 39 years, 31% support Pīlenas, 11% – Levitas, and 58% would support an alternative choice instead of these two candidates.
Among the survey participants aged 40 to 49, 37% are on the side of Pilens, 13% are for Levitas and 50% would support another candidate.
Of the respondents aged 50 to 59, 41% support the founder of AS, 10% – the current President, and 49% would rather see another candidate.
In the age group 60 to 74 years, 38% support Pīlena, 14% – Levita, while 48% would support an alternative choice instead of both of these candidates.
The online survey was conducted from April 28 to May 3. 1005 respondents aged 18 to 74 took part in the survey.
It has already been announced, after the LTV program “What is happening in Latvia?” commissioned poll conducted by market and public opinion research center SKDS, 33.8% of survey respondents expressed their support for Pīlēn, 14.5% for Levit, while 36% of respondents do not support either Levit or Pīlēn and would like to see another candidate in the high position. Another 15.7% of respondents did not have an opinion on this issue.
Pīlēns was the first to announce his ambition to run for the position of President. Apart from the AS, a number of opposition politicians have expressed their support for him, however, a stable majority of votes in the elections is currently not secure for Pilens.
Later, Levits also announced that he is ready to run for a second term as the country’s first person. Levitt is promised support by the National Union and the “New Unity”, therefore he currently does not have enough votes for re-election.
The “Progressives” plan to announce their candidate on Thursday, May 11.
Candidates can apply from May 9 to 13. The presidential elections in the Saeima will be held on the last day of May.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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