Public support for the parties of the governing coalition in Slovakia surged during the summer holidays. By contrast, opposition parties lost voters, according to a survey of 1,264 respondents conducted by the polling agency Median Sk between June 23 and August 17.
The largest coalition party, Smer, was supported by 43.7 percent of those polled, up 1.3 percentage points compared with poll results in May and June. Support for the Slovak National Party (SNS), a junior member of the coalition rose by 3.2 percentage points to 15.0 percent.
The third strongest party was the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with the support of 11.6 percent, down 3.3 percentage points compared to May and June. The other junior coalition party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), was on 11.4 percent, up 3.2 percentage points.
The Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) lost 1.3 percentage points and with the support of 8.9 percent of respondents. The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) has the support of 6 percent, marking a 1.6 percentage point drop from May and June.
Of those polled, 30 percent said they would certainly vote in elections, while 28.9 percent said that they would probably participate; 25.9 percent of respondents would certainly not vote, and 9.3 percent said they would probably not vote. Another 5.8 percent of respondents were undecided about their participation in elections. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Sep 2008 at 18:00