According to the results of a regular survey carried out by the public opinion poll institute at the Slovak Statistics Office (UVVM), the leaders of the three parties which form the governing coalition are suffering a decline in popularity. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who is chairman of the Smer-SD party, remains the most trusted Slovak politician, with the support of 31.2 percent of those polled in May. But his support has declined compared to previous months: in February, it stood at 37.8 percent; in March at 34 percent; and in April at 32.7 percent. Support for Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota fell to 8.6 percent in May, compared to 13.9 percent of respondents in March, and 13.5 percent in April. Support for Vladimír Mečiar, chairman of the People's Party-Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (ĽS-HZDS), was 6.9 percent in May, down from 9.1 percent in April.
The UVVM survey was conducted on May 1-9, on a sample of 1,097 respondents aged 18 and older. Respondents were asked to give a maximum of three names of Slovak politicians in whom they trust at present. 28.4 percent of respondents said they did not trust any politician. The May survey suggested that President Ivan Gašparovič was the second most trusted politician in Slovakia. He won the support of 13.6 percent of those polled in May, down from 17.2 percent in April and 15.7 percent in March. Iveta Radičová (opposition SDKÚ-DS) was the third most trusted politician in Slovakia, with the backing of 9.1 percent of respondents in May. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. May 2008 at 16:00