Based on an opinion poll with 1200 respondents conducted in August, the Statistics Office's Institute for Public Opinion Research (ÚVVM) reports that, if parliamentary elections were held now, the opposition party Smer would win with 26 percent of the vote.
The second most popular party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), received 16 percent, followed by Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU) with 11.6 percent.
The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) collected 10.7 percent, while the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) received 10.1 percent backing and the Christian Democrats (KDH) had 9.6 percent.
The last party that would pass the 5-percent threshold to reach parliament would be the Communists (KSS) with 6.8 percent.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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20. Aug 2003 at 11:50