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SMK polls above 5 percent threshold

IF PARLIAMENTARY elections had been held in early September, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) would have returned to parliament with 5.3 percent of the votes, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Focus polling agency. The poll took place between September 6 and September 13 and involved 1,004 respondents, the SITA newswire reported.

IF PARLIAMENTARY elections had been held in early September, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) would have returned to parliament with 5.3 percent of the votes, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Focus polling agency. The poll took place between September 6 and September 13 and involved 1,004 respondents, the SITA newswire reported.

The opposition Smer party would remain the largest party in parliament, the poll found, with 43.1 percent – enough to win it 70 out of the 150 seats. The party registered a rise in support of 1.4 percentage points from July. The second largest party would have been the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), on 12.8 percent, up 0.2 percentage points, followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) on 9 percent of votes, 2.7 percentage points less than in the previous poll.

Both the Slovak National Party (SNS) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) recorded a rise in support, with SNS getting 8.5 percent, up by 2.7 percentage points, and SaS up 1.9 percentage points to 8 percent.

Meanwhile, Most-Híd party, a member of the four-party governing coalition, recorded a fall in support to just 5.9 percent, down from 6.9 percent in July.


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