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Fico still most trusted politician, Radičová moves up to third

A new survey suggests that trust in opposition SDKÚ deputy chair Iveta Radičová grew to 11.2 percent in October, up from 6.7 percent in September.

A new survey suggests that trust in opposition SDKÚ deputy chair Iveta Radičová grew to 11.2 percent in October, up from 6.7 percent in September.

Radičová, who plans to stand for president in next year’s election, thus became the third most trusted politician in Slovakia, according to a survey conducted by the ÚVVM polling agency, part of the Statistics Office of the Slovak Republic. The poll was carried out on October 1-7 among 1,272 respondents.

Prime Minister Robert Fico continues to enjoy the greatest trust (31.4 percent), though his support fell slightly from the 32.4 percent he recorded in September.

President Ivan Gašparovič came in second, on 14.0 percent, though his rating has fallen from 17.6 percent in August and 15.5 percent in September.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák was fourth (10.8 percent), followed by SNS leader Ján Slota (10.2 percent), HZDS chair Vladimír Mečiar (8.1 percent), SDKÚ deputy chair Ivan Mikloš (5.7 percent), SMK MP Béla Bugar (5.7 percent), and SDKÚ leader Mikuláš Dzurinda (4.2 percent).

Of the respondents, 28.7 percent said they trust no politician, compared with 26.7 percent in September. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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