People in Lithuania having no clear favourites for 2009 presidential elections
As the BNS reported the Lithuanians have no clear favorites who could win the presidential race in 2009. The and public opinion survey company Baltijos Tyrimai announced that most of the sympathies go to Prime Minister Social Democrat Gediminas Kirkilas and member of the European Commission, former Finance Minister Dalia Grybauskaitė. Both of the politicians would receive 10% each of all voters.
As the BNS reported the respondents mentioned a total of 33 public figures. One-third (31 percent) of the people polled did not have an opinion on this subject.
The third place in the poll goes to leader of the New Union Artūras Paulauskas, who has previously run for the president without much success and was acting president in 2004 with support from 8.2 percent of the respondents.
7.1 % would vote for the Social Security and Labor Minister Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, who has already taken part in presidential elections and 5.9% — the ousted president Rolandas Paksas. Then 5.3% — another former candidate and leader of the Liberal Movement Petras Auštrevičius, 4.7% would go to the leader of the Homeland Union Andrius Kubilius.
Runner-up in the last presidential elections leader of the National Farmers’ Party Kazimira Prunskienė would receive 3.7%, leader of the Liberal Centrists and ex-mayor of Vilnius Arturas Zuokas — 2.5%.
First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Česlovas Juršėnas – would receive 2%, founder of the Labour Party Viktor Uspaskich — 1.3 percent, former President and Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, just like member of the European Parliament Vytautas Landsbergis — by 1.2 percent, police Commissioner General Vytautas Grigaravicius — by 1.1 percent of the people polled.
Other politicians and public figures mentioned fell short of the 1 percent barrier.