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Opinion polls offer conflicting results

Two Slovak political opinion polls published on June 16 offered differing views of Slovaks voters' political preferences for the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS). An MVK agency survey published early on June 16 indicated that the opposition SNS would fall far short of clearing the 5-percent threshold needed to win seats in parliament, attracting only 3.7 percent of preferences. However, a poll carried out by MEDIAN SK released later in the day suggested the very opposite. with SNS reaching 8.7 percent, a 3-percentage-point rise month-on-month.

Two Slovak political opinion polls published on June 16 offered differing views of Slovaks voters' political preferences for the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS). An MVK agency survey published early on June 16 indicated that the opposition SNS would fall far short of clearing the 5-percent threshold needed to win seats in parliament, attracting only 3.7 percent of preferences. However, a poll carried out by MEDIAN SK released later in the day suggested the very opposite. with SNS reaching 8.7 percent, a 3-percentage-point rise month-on-month.

Meanwhile, the TASR newswire reported, the MEDIAN SK poll found the opposition Smer party received the highest number of preferences, 42.8 percent (a drop of 4.2 percentage points m-o-m), followed by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) on 15.3 percent (down 0.4) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) on 10.4 percent (up 0.5). The remaining coalition parties, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and Most-Híd, ended up behind SNS on 7.4 percent and 5.4 percent respectively.

Two prominent non-parliamentary parties, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and Vladimír Mečiar's Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), would not have made it into parliament in May either, as both fell well below the 5-percent threshold, with 2.9 percent and 2.7 percent respectively.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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