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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.

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