Had a general election taken place in April, a total of seven political parties would have made it into parliament, according to a poll commissioned by the TA3 TV news channel and carried out by the Focus agency. The results were released on Wednesday, April 21.
The highest number of ballots, 36.8 percent, would have gone to Smer, the largest party in the current ruling coalition; the largest opposition party, the Slovak Christian and Democratic Union (SDKÚ) would have been the runner-up on 13.4 percent.
Compared to some other recent polls, the fledgling Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would have gained significant support, on 11.5 percent, putting it in third place. The Christian Democrats (KDH) would have stood on 8.6 percent, the same result as the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS), which is also a member of the ruling coalition, the TASR newswire reported.
Another ruling coalition member, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) would have gained 5.4 percent of votes, while two ethnic-Hungarian parties – the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and Most-Híd – would also have made it into parliament, both on 5.1 percent and thus exceeding the 5-percent threshold necessary to win seats.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Apr 2010 at 10:00