Dabar populiaru
Published: 26 february 2012 13:13

Snoras' intrigues pushed down Parliament Speaker's ratings while Social Democrats lead the polls

Irena Degutienė
Andriaus Ufarto/BFL nuotr. / Irena Degutienė

Intrigues surrounding Snoras bank's bankruptcy have affected the image of one of the leaders of the ruling conservatives, Lithuanian Parliamentary Speaker Irena Degutienė, a poll published in the Lietuvos Rytas daily shows.

According to the survey carried out by Vilmorus public opinion and market research center on 9-21 February, Degutienė's actions in February were viewed positively by 52.1 percent of respondents while 25.4 percent disapproved of them, down from 68 percent and 13.2 percent, respectively, in January.

Following doubts expressed by the Social Democratic Party's leaders about the legitimacy of operations in the nationalized bank Snoras with assets belonging to the company of Degutienė's son, businessman Gediminas Degutis, a shadow was cast on the Speaker herself, although Snoras' bankruptcy administration, the central Bank of Lithuania, and Degutis claimed that nothing illegal had been committed.

Irmanto Gelūno/15min.lt nuotr./President Grybauskaitė remains the most populaitician
Irmanto Gelūno/15min.lt nuotr./President Grybauskaitė remains the most populaitician

President Dalia Grybauskaitė was viewed very favorably in February, although her ratings decreased over the past month. In February, Grybauskaitė had positive reviews of 80.1 percent of respondents (83.8 percent in January) and negative reviews of 9.1 percent of those polled (7.7 percent in January).

The third best-viewed politician after the President and the Parliament Speaker is the leader of the opposition Social Democrats Audrius Butkevičius, despite slight decrease in popularity from January. He was viewed positively by 41.3 percent of respondents in February, down from 44.1 percent in January, with negative reactions from 23 percent this month, up from 19.8 percent the month before.

The leader of the opposition Labor Party Viktor Uspaskich is number four in the list with positive reviews from 40.1 percent of respondents and negative views of 35.9 percent in February (43.2 percent and 33.1 percent in January, respectively).

The fifth position is taken by the Liberal Movement leader, Transport and Communications Minister Eligijus Masiulis, whose actions were positively reviewed by 38.5 percent and negatively by 21.6 percent of those polled in February, as compared with 42.1 percent and 20 percent in January.

Party ratings

Opposition Social Democrats and Labor Party lead Lithuania's latest popularity poll, while the ruling Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, or the conservatives, are third in line.

Asmeninio archyvo nuotr./Opposition leader Butkevičius is number third while his party leads the polls
Asmeninio archyvo nuotr./Opposition leader Butkevičius is number third while his party leads the polls

According to the poll carried out by public opinion and market research center Vilmorus on 9-21 February, 16.3 percent of respondents said they intended to vote for the Social Democrats (almost unchanged from 16.1 percent a month ago), while the Labor Party would have the support of 13.6 percent, up from 11.1 percent in January.

Some 9 percent of respondents said they would support the conservatives, slightly down from the 9.3 percent in the previous poll.

Another oppositional group, Order and Justice Party, ranks fourth with 7.8 percent in February, up from 7.1 percent month-on-month.

According to the survey, other political parties would fail to pass the 5 percent threshold needed to be voted into the Parliament.

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