New value-based cleavage is gaining ground in Lithuania?

Post developed by Ainė Ramonaitė.

Good performance of a newcomer – the Freedom Party (Laisvės Partija, LP) – was the major surprise of the 2020 parliamentary elections in Lithuania. The newly-established liberal party entered Seimas receiving more than 9 per cent of votes in the multi-member district, and became a part of the ruling coalition.

New data from the 2020 post-election survey show a distinctive attitudinal profile of the party supporters. The voters of the LP are exclusively liberal on the conservatism – cultural liberalism dimension, clearly differentiating themselves from the supporters of the Liberal Movement (LRLS) and other parties. This signifies an increasing importance of this value-based cleavage, focused particularly on the issue of LGBT+ rights, in Lithuanian politics.