SURVEY

Smer still most popular party

IF PARLIAMENTARY elections had been held in early November, the Smer ruling coalition party would have been the clear winner, according to the latest poll of 1,040 respondents by the Focus agency.

IF PARLIAMENTARY elections had been held in early November, the Smer ruling coalition party would have been the clear winner, according to the latest poll of 1,040 respondents by the Focus agency.

According to the poll, Smer, which gained 29.1 percent in the June 17 general elections, would now win the race with 36.7 percent backing.

The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union of former PM Mikuláš Dzurinda ranked second with 13.6 percent, while the governing far-right Slovak National Party was third with 11.7 percent.

The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) received 11.1 percent support, while the ruling Movement for a Democratic Slovakia came fifth with just 7.8 percent. The last party that would have made won enough support to gain seats in parliament was the opposition Christian Democratic Movement, which gained 7.5 percent support in the Focus poll.

Some 65.9 percent of respondents said they would participate in elections, while 19.4 percent would not, and 14.7 percent would not answer the question.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Security Council will meet to discuss nationwide testing

Overview of news from Monday, October 19, 2020.

PM Igor Matovič announcing some details about nationwide testing on October 18.

PM wants to test everyone, Kotleba already positive in neo-Nazism

Nationwide testing is less utopian than the blackout but it is driven by the same ambition.

PM Igor Matovič shows the antigen testing kit that should be used in the nationwide testing project in Slovakia.

UPDATED: Nationwide testing will be secured by the army

Foreigners living in Slovakia will be able to get tested too.

Illustrative stock photo

The best concert I have ever heard was in Bratislava, says Dutch ambassador

Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast cycles with Slovakia's mayors and loves the Slovak capital for its rich music history.

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok, centre, with the Embassy team, including Ambassador Henk Cor van der Kwast, left of the minister, on March 15, 2019.