Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

SURVEY

Smer is Slovakia's most popular party

PM Robert Fico's ruling coalition Smer party remains the most popular party in Slovakia. The latest public opinion poll conducted by the Statistics Office's Institute for Public Opinion Research (ÚVVM) showed that February brought no considerable changes in political parties' popularity compared with the previous month.

PM Robert Fico's ruling coalition Smer party remains the most popular party in Slovakia. The latest public opinion poll conducted by the Statistics Office's Institute for Public Opinion Research (ÚVVM) showed that February brought no considerable changes in political parties' popularity compared with the previous month. The institute ran the survey between February 1 and 9.

The survey showed that the strongest ruling party, Smer, was still the most popular in February, winning the support of 46.7 percent of respondents, down 1 percentage point from the 47.7 percent it scored in January. Smer's junior ruling Slovak National Party (SNS) placed second with 10.6 percent support, an increase over last month of 1.2 percentage points. The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), led by former prime minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, garnered 10.5 percent, loosing 0.2 points since January. The junior ruling Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) received the backing of 10.4 percent of those polled, up 0.8 points since last month. The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) followed with 9.8 percent. The Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) ended sixth with 6.9 percent. No other party reached the 5 percent threshold needed to get into parliament. A total of 26.3 percent of those polled did not support any political party.

Top stories

How the national emblem appeared – including so far secret communism designs

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is…

Offical Slovak national emblem and colours

Bratislava Zoo will have new wolf breeding station

One of most significant investments of the Bratislava Zoo in the year 2017 will be the building of a new wolf breeding station.

Foreigners: Events around Slovakia Photo

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

Rce in krňačky sleighing, Turecká 2017

Some food really is better in Austria, study finds

EC says its role is to monitor safety, not quality – but Slovaks want the same as Austrians, says minister.

Illustrative stock photo