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Poll shows Smer well ahead

THE LARGEST coalition party, Smer, led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, would have won parliamentary elections if they had been held in early July 2009, according to a recent poll. Almost 48 percent of respondents said they backed the party.

THE LARGEST coalition party, Smer, led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, would have won parliamentary elections if they had been held in early July 2009, according to a recent poll. Almost 48 percent of respondents said they backed the party.

The strongest opposition party, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), would have come in second with 15-percent backing, according to the results of the public opinion poll, carried out by the Median SK polling agency on a sample of 1,066 respondents, the SITA newswire reported.

Smer and the SDKÚ would have been followed by the junior governing Slovak National Party (SNS) with 12.1-percent support and the opposition Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) with 9 percent.

The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) would also have made it into parliament with 6.5 percent of votes, as well as the ruling Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) with 6.4 percent. No other political party polled more than one percent support.

Respondents were also asked about their participation in elections. About 27 percent said they would definitely take part in the elections and 26.5 percent said they might participate, while 9.3 percent said they would probably not vote and 31.5 percent said they would definitely not vote. Another 5.7 percent of respondents declared themselves undecided.


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