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Smer still dominant, poll shows

THE RULING party, Smer, would have won parliamentary elections had they been held at the turn of August and September 2012. The party of Prime Minister Robert Fico attracted 43.6 percent, according to an opinion poll conducted over the phone by the Polis polling agency for the TA3 TV news channel between August 27 and September 1.

THE RULING party, Smer, would have won parliamentary elections had they been held at the turn of August and September 2012. The party of Prime Minister Robert Fico attracted 43.6 percent, according to an opinion poll conducted over the phone by the Polis polling agency for the TA3 TV news channel between August 27 and September 1.

Smer was followed by Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), which received 8.8 percent of the votes in the poll.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) placed third with the support of 8.1 percent of those polled.

The poll outcome shows that the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) would have representatives in parliament, too, with 7.9 percent of the vote. Most-Híd had the support of 7 percent of respondents and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) 6.5-percent backing.

The other Hungarian party, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), as well as the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) failed to clear the 5-percent threshold required to win representation in parliament, attracting 4.8 percent each.

Calculated from these results, Smer would have won 80 seats, a majority of 10, while OĽaNO would have taken 16 seats in parliament. The SDKÚ would end up with 15 MPs, KDH with 14, Most-Híd with 13 and SaS with 12. Preferences were counted based on a 57-percent turnout.

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