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Smer leads popularity chart

THE OPPOSITION party Smer would presently win parliamentary elections with 28.6 percent, according to a poll conducted by the Slovak Radio's media research department between September 26-27.

People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (ĽS-HZDS) comes second with 13.3 percent, followed by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 10.9 percent, news wire SITA reported.

The Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) collected 10.3 percent, and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) received 9.4 percent.

The reunited Slovak National Party (SNS) would get 7.9 percent - a considerable jump from June's 4.5 percent. The Slovak Communist Party (KSS) would also make it to parliament with 5.5 percent, followed by the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) with 5.1 percent.

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