Lithuania’s favourite presidential candidate Grybauskaite keeps up lead in ratings

April 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm 1 comment

The BNS reports a candidate for Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite has maintained her lead in popularity ratings.

Should the presidential elections take place in Lithuania as early as Sunday, Grybauskaite would get the vote of 65.5 percent of respondents, revealed a public opinion poll commissioned by BNS and conducted during the month of April by RAIT pollster.

The BNS writes that other candidates placed far behind the European Commissioner. Former Prime Minister Kazimira Prunskiene (the first Prime Minister of Lithuanian Republic) would get 4.2 percent, Social Democrat Party Chairman Algirdas Butkevicius 3.1 percent, Labour Party candidate Loreta Grauziniene 2.5 percent and Order and Justice Party member Valentinas Mazuronis 1.8 percent of the respondent vote.

Some 3 percent of respondents said they would vote for Lithuanian Poles’ Electoral Action Chairman Valdemar Tomasevski, with the same amount ready to vote for Reserve Brigadier General Ceslovas Jezerskas.

The final list of presidential candidates was still unknown at the time the poll was conducted, thus it including candidates who didn’t sign in for the race. These candidates, however, got under 2 percent of the respondent vote.

The BNS reminds that some 8.7 percent of polled inhabitants said they wouldn’t vote in the elections, with 11.1 percent unwilling to come forward with their choice.

Counting the results of just those, who plan to vote in the elections, Grybauskaite’s lead would be even more evident with 71.8 percent of the respondent vote. Prunskiene would get the vote of 4.6 percent, Butkevicius 3.4 percent and Grauziniene 2.8 percent of respondents.

Source BNS


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Vidas  |  May 1, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I was wondering earlier today if you were going to post about the upcoming election Ruslanai….I am certainly looking forward to reading your opinions on it.

    My question – given that party voting has shown strong regional bias over the last couple elections ie Vilnius seemed preferential to Pakso party, Dzukija, Kaunas,Siauliai, Panevezys have their favorites…. So how did Grybauskaite become so universally popular ? Granted, she’s a candidate with a powerful personality and solid CV.

    Butkevicius has impressed me personally and he presents a strong career track record. I’d think he’d be alot closer. Maybe he’ll do better than the poll you cite. Maybe – but I wont call him a contender…

    Do you think Grybauskaite will win on the first ballot ? If so – why ?

    What makes this election hers to lose at this point ?

    Viso gero


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