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Smer enjoys rise in popularity

HAD parliamentary elections been held in early December, the Smer party would have won 75 seats with 48 percent in the 150-member parliament, according to a survey conducted by ÚVVM, the Statistics Office's polling agency, the SITA newswire wrote.

HAD parliamentary elections been held in early December, the Smer party would have won 75 seats with 48 percent in the 150-member parliament, according to a survey conducted by ÚVVM, the Statistics Office's polling agency, the SITA newswire wrote.

The agency surveyed 1,304 respondents on December 1-8. Respondents over 18 years old were asked to answer the following question: “If parliamentary elections were held today, which party, movement or coalition would you vote for?”

Junior coalition member the Slovak National Party (SNS) was the second most popular, receiving 13.2 percent support from those polled.

This would give it 21 seats. The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) came in third with 11.7 percent and 18 seats.

Over 8 percent supported the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), which would win 13 seats.
The third coalition party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), enjoys the support of 7.6 percent.

It would have 12 seats, while 11 would fall to the opposition Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH), which received 7.2 percent.

Other parties are far from meeting the required 5-percent threshold to enter parliament.
The survey shows that 18.3 percent of respondents would not vote and 17.9 percent were undecided.

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