If former prime minister Iveta Radičová runs in the presidential elections scheduled for 2014 she would receive 33 percent support, the SITA newswire reported based on a June 20-27 poll of 1,124 respondents conducted by the MVK agency for the Hospodárske Noviny daily.
The poll found that Radičová would have received 33.3 percent of the vote followed by current Prime Minister Robert Fico of Smer with 30.1 percent, and then Ján Čarnogurský with 14.9 percent.
Pavol Hrušovský, the former chair of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) would have received 8.6 percent, environmental activist Mikuláš Huba 5.8 percent, František Šebej 4.7 percent and Peter Osuský 2.6 percent.
Pavol Haulík of MVK told the SITA newswire that his agency used a pre-defined and closed list of candidates arranged alphabetically who were selected based on an analysis of personal preferences of relevant voter segments.
The pollster added that 38.6 percent of respondents refused to take part in the simulated election or were unable to select among the offered candidates. The remaining 61.4 percent of respondents chose their favourite from the listed candidates.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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