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Smer drops in polls for third straight month

THE LOVE affair between the Smer party and its constituency has hit a rough patch.

THE LOVE affair between the Smer party and its constituency has hit a rough patch.

A survey conducted in early April by the opinion poll institute at the Slovak Statistics Office (ÚVVM) put support for the coalition's strongest party at 40.5 percent, which is drop of 2.3 percentage points since last month.

The ÚVVM asked 1,101 respondents whom they would vote for if parliamentary elections were held today, the SITA newswire wrote.

The strongest opposition party, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), came in second at 15.1 percent, which is up 0.4 points; coalition member the Slovak National Party (SNS) was third, with 13.5 percent (down 0.3 points); the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) was fourth, with 10.4 percent (up 2.3 points); and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), with 9.7 percent (up 0.6 points), placed fifth.

The last party to cross the 5-percent threshold for entry into parliament was the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), which received 7.6 percent, an increase of 0.7 points since last month.
The survey also showed that 17.4 percent of respondents would not vote in the election and 14 percent were undecided about which party to support.

The results were based on only the responses of those who voiced support for a specific party.

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