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Poll shows widespread support for Smer party to enter government

According to the poll conducted by the Focus polling agency between November 3 and November 8, the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 10, 2012 would be won by the Smer party, which could form a government either on its own or with one of the parties of the currently ruling coalition as about one- half of the 1,041 respondents would like to see Smer in the government together with one of the currently ruling parties, the Hospodárske Noviny daily reported.

According to the poll conducted by the Focus polling agency between November 3 and November 8, the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 10, 2012 would be won by the Smer party, which could form a government either on its own or with one of the parties of the currently ruling coalition as about one- half of the 1,041 respondents would like to see Smer in the government together with one of the currently ruling parties, the Hospodárske Noviny daily reported.

“People seem more willing to accept that Smer, as a potential winner of the elections, should be in the government,” said Martin Slosiarik from Focus, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny, adding that people in the poll were disappointed in the current composition of the centre-right coalition.

Slosiarik also said that he assumes that the fall of the government affected the high number of people in the poll (up to 28 percent) who could not say what kind of coalition would be best for Slovakia.

Though the poll showed that about two-thirds of those who said they supported the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) said that they would like to see that party in a coalition with Smer, the deputy chair of KDH, Pavol Abrhan, said it would be better if the centre-right parties of the current coalition would continue in government. But Abrhan stated that if there is no way to establish a coalition together with SDKÚ and Most-Híd parties that a coalition with Smer will be one of the possibilities.

Source: Hospodárske Noviny

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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