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Poll: Ruling coalition best option for 33%

ALTHOUGH the three parties of the current ruling coalition - the socialist Smer, the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS), and the inscrutable Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) - collectively gained 49.7 percent of votes cast in the June 17 general elections, only 33.2 percent of respondents in a new poll consider the government they formed to be the best option for the country.

ALTHOUGH the three parties of the current ruling coalition - the socialist Smer, the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS), and the inscrutable Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) - collectively gained 49.7 percent of votes cast in the June 17 general elections, only 33.2 percent of respondents in a new poll consider the government they formed to be the best option for the country.

According to a poll carried out by the MVK polling agency for the Sme daily, the second most preferred coalition is a "grand coalition" between Smer and ex-PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). This coalition was labelled as the best by 12 percent of respondents in the MVK poll.

The coalition that Dzurinda actually tried to forge after elections between the three right-wing parties in the 2002-2006 government (SDKÚ, SMK, and KDH) plus the HZDS was preferred by 11.8 percent of respondents.

The least popular coalition, with less than 3 percent of supporters, was between Smer, the SMK and the HZDS.

The poll showed that the voters of the current ruling parties were happy with the current coalition, with SNS voters (73.9 percent) being the most satisfied.

The survey also revealed that SDKÚ voters are almost equally split between supporting a SDKÚ-SMK-KDH-HZDS coalition (40 percent) and a Smer-SDKÚ coalition (37 percent).

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