PRIME Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) garnered 4.1 percent of voter support in a recent survey carried out by the Focus agency.
According to the December 13 issue of the Slovak daily SME, the SDKÚ's support started to decline in August this year as the PM began to allege that a secret group was working against the interests of the state and his party.
Several SDKÚ MPs said to SME that they did not see the situation as dramatic and some attributed the falling popularity to the cabinet’s reforms.
In an election, 4.1 percent of the vote would not get the SDKÚ into parliament. Polls carried out by other agencies also indicated a drop, though less dramatic, in the SDKÚ's popular support. According to the Dicio agency the SKDÚ's support in December was 7.2 percent, and 8.4 percent according to a survey by the public broadcaster Slovak Radio.
Zuzana Martináková, who recently left the party to join the SDKÚ's ex-defence minister, Ivan Šimko in forming a new party, said that the recent poll figures "speak for themselves".
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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15. Dec 2003 at 9:41