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SMK perceived as stabilising force

A POLL has revealed that the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) is perceived as the most stabilising cabinet party.

33.2 percent named the SMK as the most stabilising party; 16.2 percent the Christian Democrats; 12.8 percent went for Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and only 6.4 percent for the liberal New Citizen's Alliance (ANO), according to the TASR news agency.

A further 15.9 percent said none of the four parties was a stabilising force, and 15.5 percent did not answer. The survey was published on October 11 and was carried out by the Polis agency between September 25 and 27.

ANO was seen as the most destabilising party by 28 percent of respondents.

Nearly 20 percent of people identified the SDKÚ as the most destabilising cabinet force.

Economy Minister and ANO party leader Pavol Rusko was named as the most destabilising politician, by 20.1 percent of respondents; PM Dzurinda by 19.2 percent, followed by Smer opposition party leader Robert Fico with 15.2 percent; and Movement for a Democratic Slovakia opposition party leader Vladimír Mečiar with 11.1 percent.

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