IF A PARLIAMENTARY election had taken place in late June, the ruling Smer party would have won 36.8 percent of the vote, according to the latest poll by the Focus polling agency. Sieť would get 10.6, which is a 5.2-percentage point drop in comparison with the previous poll published by Focus in June.

Political analysts Miroslav Kusý and Grigorij Mesežnikov said that the drop is partially the result of a recording featuring the voice of Sieť leader Radoslav Procházka making statements that pertain to claims about murky financing of his presidential campaign. It also suggests that the campaign cost significantly more than the €250,000 he actually reported publicly, according to the SITA newswire.

This poll is actually the first to not connect the name of the party with the name of its leader, Procházka said in response to the poll results. The brand of the party should be connected with a specific programme and results, he added, according to SITA.

Smer and Sieť were followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 9.7 percent, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) with 7.8 percent, Most-Híd with 7.1 percent and the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) with 5.2 percent.

Based on these results, Smer would have occupied 72 seats in parliament, just four MPs short of a majority. Sieť would have won 20 seats, KDH 19, OĽaNO 15, Most-Híd 14 and SMK would get 10 seats.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 4.9 percent, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 4.2 percent, the Slovak National Party (SNS) with 3.8 percent, NOVA with 3.2 percent and the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS) with 2.6 percent would not reach the 5-percent threshold required to make it into parliament. The survey was carried out between July 22 and 29, according to SITA.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports
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