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Poll: One in five will vote in EP elections

A mere 20.2 percent of the public are resolved to go to the polls to vote for European Parliament May 24, according to MVK agency survey released March 19. Another 39.6 percent of voters are considering whether or not to vote, according to the February 26 and March 4 survey. Of those who have decided to go to the ballot-boxes, the governing Smer party is backed by 38.8 percent, followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) at 12 percent and Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) at 8.5 percent. The NOVA party followed with 7.5 percent, with Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the ethnic-Hungarian SMK party coming next with 6.4 and 5.2 percent, respectively. Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) was supported by 5.1 percent of those asked. Most-Híd and the Slovak National Party (SNS) were supported by a total of 4.7 percent of the respondents each. “The support of a rather large group of the respondents - 25.8 percent - would be different from their current support in a general election,” MVK’s Pavel Haulík told the TASR newswire. “Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and SDKÚ posted better figures in the EP poll, while Smer and SNS came off worse.” Slovakia had the lowest voter turnouts in the two previous elections to the EP in 2004 and 2009. While five years ago, 19.64 percent of the voters came out to vote, even fewer - 16.96 percent - took part in the first ever European elections in 2004.

A mere 20.2 percent of the public are resolved to go to the polls to vote for European Parliament May 24, according to MVK agency survey released March 19.

Another 39.6 percent of voters are considering whether or not to vote, according to the February 26 and March 4 survey. Of those who have decided to go to the ballot-boxes, the governing Smer party is backed by 38.8 percent, followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) at 12 percent and Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) at 8.5 percent. The NOVA party followed with 7.5 percent, with Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the ethnic-Hungarian SMK party coming next with 6.4 and 5.2 percent, respectively. Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) was supported by 5.1 percent of those asked. Most-Híd and the Slovak National Party (SNS) were supported by a total of 4.7 percent of the respondents each.

“The support of a rather large group of the respondents - 25.8 percent - would be different from their current support in a general election,” MVK’s Pavel Haulík told the TASR newswire. “Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and SDKÚ posted better figures in the EP poll, while Smer and SNS came off worse.”

Slovakia had the lowest voter turnouts in the two previous elections to the EP in 2004 and 2009. While five years ago, 19.64 percent of the voters came out to vote, even fewer - 16.96 percent - took part in the first ever European elections in 2004.

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