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Smer slips slightly in opinion poll

THE RULING Smer party might have lost its parliamentary majority had an election been held in Slovakia in early March, according to a recent opinion poll. Thirty-nine percent of respondents in the telephone poll, conducted by the Polis polling agency for the TA3 TV news channel, said they would vote for Smer, the SITA newswire reported on March 6.

THE RULING Smer party might have lost its parliamentary majority had an election been held in Slovakia in early March, according to a recent opinion poll. Thirty-nine percent of respondents in the telephone poll, conducted by the Polis polling agency for the TA3 TV news channel, said they would vote for Smer, the SITA newswire reported on March 6.

The poll suggested that the party would have won 75 parliamentary seats, exactly half of the 150 seats in the Slovak parliament. Smer's support slipped from February, when it polled over 40 percent.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) attracted the second highest support, 8.9 percent, equivalent to 17 parliamentary seats, while Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) followed with 8.5 percent (16 seats), SITA wrote. The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) received the support of 7.8 percent (15 seats), followed by Most-Híd with 7.7 percent (also 15 seats). The last party to clear the 5-percent parliamentary threshold in the poll was Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 6.5 percent (12 seats).

Polis also asked respondents about which politicians they trusted the most and which they trusted the least. Prime Minister Robert Fico topped both rankings, with 28.5 percent trusting him and 30.6 not.
The second most trusted politician after Fico was Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (15.1 percent), followed by Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár (8.2 percent), former prime minister Iveta Radičová (8 percent), and President Ivan Gašparovič (7 percent).

Among the least trusted politicians were former SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda (30.5 percent), KDH leader Ján Figeľ (16.1 percent) and President Ivan Gašparovič (13.4 percent).

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