Poll shows Kiska now clearly Fico’s top rival

PHILANTHROPIST Andrej Kiska is the most likely to meet Prime Minister Robert Fico in the second round presidential run-off, according to recent poll.

PHILANTHROPIST Andrej Kiska is the most likely to meet Prime Minister Robert Fico in the second round presidential run-off, according to recent poll.

Carried out by the Focus polling agency for the public-service Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) between February 10 and 14 on the sample of 1,012 respondents, the poll showed his support at 20.4 percent, 6.5 percentage points more than third place Milan Kňažko.

“A big part of voters wishes to have independent, impartial president,” Kiska said, as quoted by the Sme daily.

Kňažko, one of the leaders of the Velvet Revolution and actor, has invited Kiska for a debate. According to him, the country cannot be ruled from billboards, Sme reported in its February 19 issue.

The Focus poll showed Fico as a first-round winner with 37 percent, followed by Kiska and Kňažko with 12.9 percent. Fourth would place former MP for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Radoslav Procházka with 10.3 percent, while KDH MP Pavol Hrušovský would be fifth with 7.3 percent.

Gyula Bárdos of the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) would garner 4.5 percent of the vote, followed by MP for the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) Helena Mezenská with 3 percent, KDH founder Ján Čarnogurský with 1.7 percent and nominee of the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS) Ján Jurišta with 1.1 percent. The rest of the candidates would get less than 1 percent, Sme reported.

According to the poll, 75.6 percent of respondents will vote, while 9.5 percent will not and 14.9 percent were undecided.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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