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Smer remains well ahead in recent poll

Had a general election taken place in late June or July, the governing Smer party would have won in a landslide fashion with support from 45 percent of voters, according to a poll carried out by the MEDIAN SK agency.

Had a general election taken place in late June or July, the governing Smer party would have won in a landslide fashion with support from 45 percent of voters, according to a poll carried out by the MEDIAN SK agency.

The poll was conducted on a sample of 1,013 people between June 24 and July 21, with opposition parties performing thusly: the Christian Democratic movement (KDH) placed second with 10.1 percent, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) came third with 9.5 percent, followed by Most-Híd (8.6 percent) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 6.6 percent.

Two other parties that would have cleared the 5-percent threshold needed to enter parliament were Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) and the currently non-parliamentary Slovak National Party (SNS) with 5.9 and 5 percent respectively. The Hungarian Community Party (SMK) would have remained outside of parliament with 4.8 percent, the TASR newswire quoted the poll on September 2. Meanwhile, no other party received more than 3 percent of votes. This includes the fledgling NOVA – the New Majority-Agreement - led by former KDH vice-chairman Daniel Lipšic.

A total of 29.3 percent of the respondents said that they would definitely go to the polls, while another 24.1 percent said they were likely to vote. Conversely, 32.3 percent of the voters would definitely not vote for any party, while 10.3 percent said they were likely to stay away from the polls. Another 4 percent were undecided.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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