If parliamentary elections in Slovakia had been held during the first two months of this year, nearly two in three people would have participated in them and six political parties would have made it to parliament, according to the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the Median SK agency between January 5 and March 1 on a sample of 1,300 respondents aged 18 to 79, the SITA newswire reported.
Thirty percent of those polled said they would definitely take part in the elections and 30.7 percent said they probably would do so. More than a fourth, 26.8 percent of respondents, said they definitely would not vote and 7.8 percent said they probably would not vote. Another 4.8 percent of those polled were undecided.
SMER-SD would have won with the support of 46.7 percent of those polled. Compared with the results of a similar survey conducted in November and December, its support fell by 0.2 percentage points. The strongest opposition party, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU), would receive 13.3 percent of votes, 1.4 percentage points more than in the previous survey. The Slovak National Party (SNS), a member of the ruling coalition would have
11.1 percent support, down 0.8 percentage points. The opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) showed a 1.7 percentage point increase in preferences among those polled to 9.5 percent.
The ruling coalition member Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) followed with 9.3 percent of those polled, down 0.1 percentage points. The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) had support from 7.6 percent of those polled, which is 0.7 percentage points less than in the previous poll. SITA
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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24. Mar 2009 at 14:00