IF PARLIAMENTARY elections had been held at the turn of January and February, they would have been won by the ruling Smer party, backed by 42 percent of the vote. Current opposition party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would not make it into parliament, as it would fail to pass the 5-percent threshold, according to the poll carried out by Polis between January 24 and February 2 on 1,969 respondents.

The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) would have placed second with 10.1 percent of the vote, followed by the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) backed by 8.8 percent and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 7.3 percent of the vote. Also, Most-Híd and the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) would have made it into parliament with 6.6 percent and 6 percent respectively, the SITA newswire reported.

SaS would be backed by only 4.2 percent of the vote.

Smer would have 78 seats in parliament, KDH 19, OĽaNO 16, SDKÚ 14, Most-Híd 12 and SMK 11.

The poll also showed that 59 percent of respondents would attend the elections, while 16 percent would not vote. About 25 percent of respondents were undecided, SITA reported.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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