IF PARLIAMENTARY elections were held at the turn of April and May, Radoslav Procházka’s new party, the Network, would receive the second highest number of votes, according to a poll carried out by the Polis agency on 1,250 respondents.

The ruling Smer party would win the election with 38.3 percent of the vote, followed by the Network with 11.4 percent and Most-Híd with 7.9 percent, the SITA newswire reported on May 6.

Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) would gather 7.7 percent of the vote, while the Christian Democratic Movement would garner the support of 7 percent of respondents and the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) would get 6.3 percent of the vote. The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) would just make it into parliament with 5 percent of the vote.

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and the Slovak National Party (SNS) would stay outside parliament’s doors with 3.8 percent of the vote each. NOVA would get only 2.9 percent of the vote, People’s Party-Our Slovakia would receive 1.9 percent of the vote and the Communist Party of Slovakia 1.8 percent of the vote, as reported by SITA.

According to the poll, 60 percent of respondents would participate in the elections, while 22 percent would not vote and 18 percent were undecided.

Polis also asked respondents which politician they think is the most trustworthy. The list is topped by Prime Minister Robert Fico, supported by 26.1 percent of respondents, followed by Procházka with 21.5 percent and president-elect Andrej Kiska with 13.5 percent. Top politicians also include Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár (11.9 percent), Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (9.2 percent), Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák (6.2 percent) and President Ivan Gašparovič (6.1 percent), SITA wrote.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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