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Smer tops March opinion poll

The current opposition parties would have won a considerable majority of parliamentary seats had a general election been held between March 1-8, according to a public-opinion survey conducted by FOCUS agency, the results of which were announced on Tuesday, March 29.

The current opposition parties would have won a considerable majority of parliamentary seats had a general election been held between March 1-8, according to a public-opinion survey conducted by FOCUS agency, the results of which were announced on Tuesday, March 29.

Smer was backed by 44.8 percent of respondents (equivalent to winning 76 seats), up 1.6-percent since February. Its fellow opposition party, the Slovak National Party (SNS), would have received 6.2 percent (ten seats), 0.8 percent more than in the previous survey. With 86 votes together, Smer and the SNS would have been just four MPs shy of a constitutional majority (90 votes).

The governing Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) came second in the poll, on 16.5-percent support (28 seats). Its support rose by 1.3 percent on the month. Next came the co-governing Most-Híd party on 7.9 percent (13 seats), up nearly 2 percent. Meanwhile, the other governing parties, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) posted major slumps. Voter support for SaS dropped by close to 2 percent, to 7.1 percent (12 seats), the TASR newswire reported. The KDH's voter support plunged even further, by nearly 4 percent, to 6.3 percent (11 seats).

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) party would have remained outside parliament with 4.3 percent, failing to exceed the 5-percent threshold required to win representation. Another party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), received only 2.4-percent backing in the survey.

The poll canvassed the opinions of 1,025 respondents, of whom 17 percent said they would not have voted for any party. Another 14.6 percent of those questioned refused to disclose their inclinations or were undecided.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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