If a general election had taken place in mid-May, neither of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would have received enough votes to enter parliament, according to the latest MVK agency poll released on Monday, May 20.
While SDKÚ would have gained 3.9 percent of the respondents' votes, SaS would have garnered only 2.6 percent, with neither reaching the 5-percent minimum required for seats in parliament. Civil association 'Liberal Agreement', which was set up by SaS defectors in support of unsuccessful party chairman candidate Jozef Kollár, would have secured 2.9 percent. The election would have been won by the governing Smer party with 41 percent, the TASR newswire quoted the poll.
The non-parliamentary New Majority (NOVA), set up by Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) defector Daniel Lipšic, would have garnered as much as 9.5 percent. In addition to NOVA, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) would have remained in parliament with 10.6 percent of the vote, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) with 7.4 percent and Most-Híd with 6.8 percent.
The poll was conducted with 1,085 respondents between May 8 and 15. Almost 11 percent of respondents claimed that they would not have gone to the polls, while another 19.3 percent either did not know whether they would participate or were undecided as to how to vote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. May 2013 at 10:00