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Smer maintains clear lead in polls

SMER, the ruling party led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, has emerged victorious in the latest political opinion poll. In a survey conducted by the Polis Slovakia polling agency, 43.1 percent of respondents said they would have voted for the ruling party if a general election had been held between November 2 and 12, the TASR newswire reported.

SMER, the ruling party led by Prime Minister Robert Fico, has emerged victorious in the latest political opinion poll. In a survey conducted by the Polis Slovakia polling agency, 43.1 percent of respondents said they would have voted for the ruling party if a general election had been held between November 2 and 12, the TASR newswire reported.

No other political party managed to attract double-digit support, according to the poll, which surveyed 1,410 respondents. Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) came in second, with 8 percent of the vote.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) followed on 7.8 percent, ahead of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 7.1 percent and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) on 6.6 percent. Most-Híd, with 6.5 percent, would have been the last party to clear the 5-percent threshold required to gain representation in parliament, TASR wrote.

Former parliamentary parties the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and the Slovak National Party (SNS) would have received 4.8 and 3.9 percent, respectively. New Majority (NOVA), recently established by former KDH vice-chairman Daniel Lipšic, received 3.2-percent support.

A total of 59 percent of those asked would have gone to the polls, while 19 percent declared themselves to be non-voters and another 22 percent were undecided as to whether to vote or not.

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