People in Lithuania having no clear favourites for 2009 presidential elections

September 21, 2007 at 6:24 pm 2 comments

The Presidential PalaceAs 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.


Entry filed under: Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics.

‘New Left 95’ (Naujoji Kairė 95) movement in Lithuania Lithuania and Latvia are celebrating the Balts Unity Day

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anon  |  September 22, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Rumours has it that a certain ambassador is interested in the job…years on the potomac and now in blighty, does he have enough of a profile?

  • 2. Ruslanas Iržikevičius  |  September 22, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Hi there,

    In my opinion the ambassador is not up for the job yet, still, he is still building his profile. He needs a much stronger backing from various groups and a team behind him. That takes time to organize, and being abroad does not help.



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