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Opposition Smer leads popularity chart

BASED on an opinion poll with 1,200 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.

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