A total of six parties would make it into parliament had the election taken place between August 27 and September 2.
While support for the ruling Smer remains strong, it has nevertheless lost 4.6 percentage points since May, leaving it with 36.2 percent of the vote. Support increased for the Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) with 11.9 percent (against 10.8 percent in May), the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 8.1 percent (with 7.3 percent earlier), Most-Híd with 7.1 percent (against an earlier 6.1 percent) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 5.9 percent (who would not have made it into parliament in May, with a mere 3.9 percent). Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) would garner 7.5 percent versus 7.8 percent four months ago.
On the other hand, the September poll shows the New Majority-Agreement (NOVA) not winning enough seats to pass the 5-percent threshold necessary for parliament, with only 4.6 percent. The Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) had a similar result, and the Slovak National party (SNS) garnered 4.5 percent, Martin Slosiarik of the Focus polling agency informed the TASR newswire on September 17.
The poll was conducted in late August and early September, with 1,079 respondents aged over 18 asked which party would they vote for if the election took place on the upcoming weekend. Out of those asked, 19 percent said they would not go to the ballot boxes at all and almost 14 percent said they could not, or preferred not, to answer the question, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Sep 2013 at 14:00