THE GOVERNING Smer party would have received 42.6 percent of the votes if parliamentary elections had taken place between September 20 and 24, thereby retaining its lead over other political parties, according to the results of a poll carried out on a sample of 1,011 respondents by polling agency Polis Slovakia, the SITA newswire reported.
A similar result was recorded by a poll conducted by the Focus polling agency which took place between September 5 and 11 on a sample of 1,052 respondents. That survey gave Smer 42-percent support, according to the Focus website.
In the Polis poll Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) came in second with 9.3 percent and Most-Híd third with 7.4 percent.
Other parties that would have received enough votes to get into parliament, according to the Polis poll, were the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 7.1 percent, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 6.5 percent, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 6 percent, and Daniel Lipšic’s newly established New Majority with 5.3 percent.
By contrast, the Focus poll put the KDH in second, with 11.7 percent, followed by SaS with 8.9 percent, the SDKÚ with 8.3 percent, OĽaNO with 6.3 percent and Most-Híd with 6 percent.
The Focus polling agency did not include New Majority in its survey since it was launched after polling sheets had already been distributed to respondents, the website stated.