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Smer leads voter support poll

THE LATEST survey carried out in early May by the Public Opinion Research Institute showed that only six political parties would make it to the parliament if elections were held in May.

As usual, the opposition party Smer, led by Robert Fico, was on top with 24.8 percent in May, up by 1.6 percent from the previous month.

Second was another opposition party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, with 21.3 percent, 1.2 percent more than in April 2004.

The third-ranked ruling Hungarian Coalition Party registered 11.5 percent, up from 9.5 percent in April.

PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SKDÚ) ranked fourth with 10.2 percent, down from 11.1 percent one month ago.

Another ruling party, the Christian Democratic Movement, ranked behind the SDKÚ with 8.8 percent, a rise of 1.2 percent month-on-month.

Finally, the non-parliamentary Movement for Democracy, founded by Slovak president-elect Ivan Gašparovič, ranked sixth with 6 percent, down from 7.1 percent in April.

The ruling New Citizen's Alliance, the opposition Slovak Communist Party, and the Free Forum would not make it to parliament, as all failed to reach the required 5 percent quorum.

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