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Poll suggests SDKÚ may be losing its leading position among centre-right parties

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) would get less than 10 percent of the vote, according to the latest poll conducted by the MVK polling agency between January 5 and 11. The party would be supported by only 9.3 percent of people and would be surpassed by one of its coalition partners, the Sme daily reported.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) would get less than 10 percent of the vote, according to the latest poll conducted by the MVK polling agency between January 5 and 11. The party would be supported by only 9.3 percent of people and would be surpassed by one of its coalition partners, the Sme daily reported.

The opposition Smer party was the overwhelming leader in the poll, scooping 40.1-percent support among the 1,145 respondents who took part. Such a result, if repeated in the general election due on March 10, would leave it with 75 of the 150 seats in parliament. Smer would be followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 9.6 percent of votes (18 seats) and the SDKÚ (17 seats).

Another three political parties attracted enough support to suggest they would make it into parliament. Most-Híd received 7.7 percent (equivalent to 15 seats), while Freedom and Solidarity got 7.1 percent (13 seats) and a new party, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities, received 6.3 percent (12 seats). The Slovak National party (SNS), with less than 5 percent, would be excluded from parliament.

MVK did not publish the results of parties that did not pass the 5-percent threshold necessary for making it into parliament. The director of the polling agency, Pavol Haulík, explained that complete results were not being published as they would “not be authentic”. He added that none of the remaining 26 registered parties received more than 4-percent support.

Political scientist Miroslav Kusý said he believed that the results of the survey were affected by the case of the so-called Gorilla file, the SITA newswire reported. He said that the KDH was the party which had profited most from the publication of the file.

Source: Sme, SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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