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Opinion poll puts SNS below 5 percent

THE OPPOSITION Slovak National Party (SNS) would not currently clear the 5-percent threshold need to win seats in parliament, according to a phone survey conducted by the Polis Slovakia agency between October 16 and 18, the SITA newswire reported.

THE OPPOSITION Slovak National Party (SNS) would not currently clear the 5-percent threshold need to win seats in parliament, according to a phone survey conducted by the Polis Slovakia agency between October 16 and 18, the SITA newswire reported.

The SNS had the support of only 4.3 percent of respondents. The largest opposition party, Smer, came out on top with 39 percent.

The popularity of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the party of Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, has increased since the June elections and in the October poll the party attracted 18.9-percent support.

The other three members of the current ruling coalition each attracted less than 10 percent.



While support for Most-Híd remained little changed at 7.1 percent in October, both the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) posted losses compared to their results in the June election: 7.7 percent supported the KDH, while SaS had the backing of 6.9 percent.


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