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Smer’s popularity dips in poll

SUPPORT for Slovakia’s largest political party, Smer, has fallen recently, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Median SK polling agency between June 20 and July 17, 2011.

SUPPORT for Slovakia’s largest political party, Smer, has fallen recently, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Median SK polling agency between June 20 and July 17, 2011.

Meanwhile, one of the ruling coalition parties, Most-Híd, saw a significant increase in its voter preferences in comparison with a poll from early June 2011, the TASR newswire reported.

The July poll, carried out on a representative sample of 1,113 respondents, showed that although Smer would come first in a putative general election, with 42.7 percent of preferences, it had experienced a dip in popularity of 2.5 percentage points compared to the earlier poll from June.



The most significant increase in support was recorded by Most-Híd. In comparison with the June poll its preferences nearly doubled: from 4.9 to 8.6 percent of voters who said they would vote for the party if elections were held ‘tomorrow’.

The ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) saw its support increase from 14 percent in June to 16.6 percent in July 2011, while the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) attracted 9.8 percent, down on the 10.6 percent it received previously in June.

Another ruling coalition party, the liberal Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), registered a fall of 1.1 percentage points, attracting 8.2-percent support compared to the 9.3 percent it received in June.

The preferences of the other parliamentary party, the opposition nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS), increased from 6.3 percent to 6.5 percent.


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