Popularity of the SDKÚ falling

THE LATEST political popularity survey showed that the current strongest party, the ruling coalition's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) of PM Mikuláš Dzurinda, would now just barely make it to parliament - having registered the support of only 6 percent of those polled, down from 15 percent in the 2002 parliamentary elections.

The opposition Smer party, led by the ambitious Robert Fico, received the highest level of popular support with 26.5 percent of votes. Another opposition party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, ranked second with 15 percent voter support.

The strongest ruling party, according to the poll carried out between November 11 and 18 on 1,279 respondents, is the Hungarian Coalition Party, which gained 11.3 percent.

The Slovak Communist Party came fourth with 10.6 percent, followed by the non-parliamentary nationalist Slovak National Party, which 9.8 percent of those polled supported.

The required five percent quorum to get to parliament would also be reached by the ruling Christian Democrat Movement, which scored 8 percent, and the New Citizen's Alliance, which received 5.1 percent.

More than 16 percent of respondents said that they would not go to the elections, and nearly 20 percent were undecided about whom they would vote for.

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