The New Majority (NOVA) party of independent MP Daniel Lipšic would scrape into parliament with 5 percent of votes (the threshold for wining seats in parliament), according to a January opinion poll conducted by the Focus polling agency. In a similar Focus poll made in December, New Majority received 3.7-percent support.
The January poll found that the ruling Smer party had 36.9-percent support (against 37 percent in December), followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 10.9 percent (11.9 in December), the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 8.8 (8.4 in December), Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) with 8.8 percent (7 percent in December), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 6.9 percent (7 percent in December), Most-Híd with 5.2 percent (down from 7.7 percent in December), and then New Majority.
No other parties failed to clear 5-percent threshold. The Slovak National Party (SNS) got 4.8 percent, the Hungarian Community Party (SMK) 4.3 percent, the Communist Party (KSS) 2.2 percent, 99 Percent – Civic Voice 1.4 percent, the Green Party 1.2 percent and the extreme nationalist People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) 1 percent.
Focus conducted the poll between January 15 and 22, 2013, on a sample of 1,035 respondents over the age of 18. They were asked for whom they would vote if an election had taken place that weekend, the SITA newswire wrote. The poll found that the election turnout would be 65.7 percent; 19.5 percent of respondents said they would not vote and 14.8 percent did not answer.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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31. Jan 2013 at 14:00