SURVEY

Smer hangs on to top ratings

SMER, the leading party in the ruling coalition, continues to enjoy high popularity levels despite its moderate downward trend.

SMER, the leading party in the ruling coalition, continues to enjoy high popularity levels despite its moderate downward trend.

The latest public opinion poll conducted by the Statistics Office's Institute for Public Opinion Research (ÚVVM) between May 1 and May 10 on a sample of 1,083 respondents, showed that as much as 41.6 percent of those polled support Smer.

This means Smer lost 1.3 percentage points since the last poll in April and 5.1 points since February.

The junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) and the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) both received 12-percent support and share second place. For the SNS this means a drop by 1.1 points compared with last month, but for the SDKÚ it is a gain of one percentage point. The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), also a member of the ruling coalition, held its 10.4-percent support for its fourth month in a row. The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) followed with 10.2 percent, a moderate decrease of 0.2 points since last month. The Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) received 7.8-percent support, a decrease of 1.1 points since last month.

No other political party received the at least five-percent support threshold needed to win seats in parliament during an election.

In terms of turnout, 72 percent of the respondents said that they definitely would have voted, 17.5 percent would not have gone to the polls, and 10.5 percent were undecided for which party to vote.

Smer received the most support from economically inactive people (59 percent), unqualified blue collars (54 percent), voters between 18 and 24 (51 percent), Prešov Region residents (49 percent) and voters between 30 and 39 (47 percent).

The SNS got most of its support from entrepreneurs (20 percent), qualified workers (17 percent), citizens of towns with a population between 10,000 and 50,000 (16 percent) and voters from the Trenčín Region (23 percent) and the Žilina Region (16 percent).

The SDKÚ was mostly supported by voters between 25 and 29 (22 percent), and between 30 and 39 (16 percent), voters with a higher education (25 percent), entrepreneurs (16 percent), voters from towns with a population between 50,000 and 100,000 people (20 percent), and above 100,000 people (18 percent) and citizens of the Bratislava Region (17 percent) and the Prešov Region (20 percent).

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