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Gašparovič would win presidential race

Current head of state Ivan Gašparovič would win in the first round of presidential elections if the race was held in early August, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by the MVK agency, showed that Gašparovič would win 44.3 percent of the votes.

The deputy chair of the opposition SDKÚ-DS party, Iveta Radičová, would get the support of 21.7 percent of the survey respondents. Euro-Commissioner Ján Figeľ would get 12.4 percent, followed by Vladimír Mečiar, 9.1 percent, and Ján Slota and Martin Bútora, 6.3 percent each.

The survey polled 1,111 people between July 30 and August 6. Respondents were given the choice of voting for one of those six politicians.

In the poll, 12.8 percent said they would not vote in the elections while 13 percent could not say whether they would vote.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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