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Survey: Support for Smer is over 40 pct

THE POPULARITY of the largest political party in Slovakia’s parliament, the opposition Smer led by former prime minister Robert Fico, has increased by almost 6 percent in August. Smer, which led the elections this June with 34.8 percent of the vote, received over 40 percent support in August according to the most recent survey conducted by the Median SK polling agency, the SITA newswire reported.

THE POPULARITY of the largest political party in Slovakia’s parliament, the opposition Smer led by former prime minister Robert Fico, has increased by almost 6 percent in August. Smer, which led the elections this June with 34.8 percent of the vote, received over 40 percent support in August according to the most recent survey conducted by the Median SK polling agency, the SITA newswire reported.

The agency surveyed 1,018 respondents between July 19 and August 15. In May, 33.5 percent said they support Smer according to the earlier survey conducted by Median SK.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) would have won 15.2 percent of the vote in August, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) came in next at 11.9 percent, Most-Híd won 7.6 percent and the Slovak National Party (SNS) polled at 5 percent. KDH, which received 8.5 percent of the vote in the elections, polled at 10 percent in August.

The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), whose support shrank to below 4 percent, would not have made it to parliament in August. Neither would have the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), which received only 1.3 percent.


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