Had a general election been held in early September, the governing Smer party would have come first with public support amounting to 42 percent, according to a poll by the Focus agency that was released on Thursday, September 27. The double-digit threshold would also have been cleared by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), on 11.7 percent, a rise of 2.3 percentage points compared to the previous month.
The survey, which was carried out in the first half of September on a sample of 1,052 respondents, showed that Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would have come third with 8.9 percent. Next was the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) on 8.3 percent and then Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) with 6.3 percent. Most-Híd, with 6-percent support, would also have cleared the 5-percent threshold needed to win representation in Parliament, while the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) would have remained outside on 4.5 percent.
The fledgling 'New Majority' party led by former KDH vice-chairman Daniel Lipšic was not included in the poll, the TASR newswire wrote. A total of 60.5 percent of those polled expressed a preference, while another 17 percent were either undecided or reluctant to disclose their preferences. Close to 23 percent said they would not have voted.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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