SURVEY

Voter preferences stable despite coalition break-up

THE RECENT break-up of the ruling coalition and the dispute over the proposed treaty with the Vatican on objections of conscience has had little effect on voter support for the various political parties, a new poll shows.

THE RECENT break-up of the ruling coalition and the dispute over the proposed treaty with the Vatican on objections of conscience has had little effect on voter support for the various political parties, a new poll shows.The poll, carried out by the MVK agency, confirmed the opposition Smer as leading the field with 35 percent voter support. Were the party to actually receive this share of the vote, it would secure 59 mandates in the 150-seat legislature. However, most political analysts believe Smer is unlikely to receive such support in the June 17 election, and that the party is more likely to score 10 percentage points less.

The main actors in the coalition conflict, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), also saw only slight changes in their voter support, the SME daily wrote.The KDH left the coalition in February after the SDKÚ refused to approve the objections of conscience treaty, which the Christian Democrats saw as a political priority. Slovakia's political parties subsequently agreed to hold elections three months earlier than scheduled, rather than try to patch together a caretaker government.

According to the MVK poll, the KDH would still beat the 5 percent threshold required for representation in parliament, with 7 percent support, good for 12 seats. The SDKÚ would take 8.4 percent, or 14 MP mandates. The opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia was supported by 12.5 percent of respondents (21 seats), while the Hungarian Coalition Party remained stable at 9.9 percent (16 seats).

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