A poll of 1,018 respondents released on Monday, September 6, reported that Smer remains Slovakia's most popular political party and that it would have garnered 40.7 percent voter support if a general election had been held in late July or early August – more than the 35 percent it received when it topped the polls in the June election, the TASR newswire wrote. Smer was unable to form a government in June, however, because it could not find a coalition partner or partners that would give it a majority in parliament.
The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) finished second in the poll with 15.2 percent, ahead of the third-running Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) with 11.9 percent. The survey was conducted by the MEDIAN polling agency from July 19-August 15.
The poll showed 10 percent support for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) followed by Most-Híd with 7.6 percent and opposition Slovak National Party (SNS) with 5 percent. No other parties passed the 5-percent threshold needed to win parliamentary seats, as the Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) polled 3.9 percent, the Party of Democratic Left-(SDĽ) polled 2 percent, and the ethnic Hungarian SMK polled 1.3 percent.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Sep 2010 at 10:00