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New poll finds Freedom and Solidarity party has chance for next parliament

The new liberal party, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) founded by Richard Sulík, has a chance to become a parliamentary party in the next election term, the SITA newswire reported.

The new liberal party, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) founded by Richard Sulík, has a chance to become a parliamentary party in the next election term, the SITA newswire reported.

The December survey conducted by the Focus agency shows that SaS surpassed the five-percent threshold for getting into parliament when it captured support from 5.3 percent of those polled. The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) polled 5.6 percent and Most-Híd party garnered support from 5.7 percent. Most-Híd, chaired by Béla Bugár, had a better score than the party it broke away from, the SMK led by Pál Csáky, for a third consecutive month. Focus surveyed 1,030 respondents from December 1 to 8, SITA wrote.

The ruling Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) maintained its support at seven percent. The Slovak National Party (SNS), its partner in the ruling coalition, gained 1.4 percentage points and stood at 8.4 percent.

The strongest trio is represented by the coalition leader Smer with 37.9 percent and the opposition parties, the Slovak Christian and Democratic Union (SDKÚ) at 11.5 percent and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) at 11 percent.

The survey also shows that 18.9 percent of those polled would not vote. An additional 16.2 percent of the respondents chose either the answer “I do not know” or “I do no want to answer”. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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