Forty-seven percent of people voiced their satisfaction with the results of the presidential election, from which Andrej Kiska emerged victorious, TASR learnt from a survey carried out by the Public Affairs Institute (IVO) and Focus agency that was published on April 16.
The survey, which showed that 33 percent of 1,052 respondents were unhappy with the outcome of the elections, was conducted in the first week of April. One-fifth of those asked were unable to say whether they were content with the outcome or not. The second round of the elections was held on March 29. The voter turnout was 50.5 percent in the run-off vote, up from 43.4 percent in the first round.
The poll, called “Presidential Election through the Eyes of Public” also showed that the lower-than-average turnout was seen among first-time voters and youth (up to 24 years of age), people with basic education and students. Fifty-six percent of those who went to the polls only in the second round voted for Kiska, with 39 percent of this group casting their vote for Prime Minister Robert Fico. According to the results of the poll, Fico was supported in the first round particularly by voters of his Smer party (76 percent) while Kiska was backed by voters of other parties and voters with no particular party affiliation (44 percent in total). The latter was pretty much the case with voter support for fellow non-partisan candidates Radoslav Procházka and Milan Kňažko. In the run-off vote, Kiska received the most votes from undecided voters, voters of other than Smer party and non-voters. Meanwhile, Fico garnered by far the widest backing from Smer voters.
When it comes to reasons as to why voters picked Kiska rather than Fico, as many as 89 percent of his voters praised him being non-partisan, 84 percent of respondents said that they liked Kiska’s character, while 80 percent highly valued his charity work, the SITA newswire wrote. The next main reasons for voting for Kiska was to stop Fico from winning (20 percent).
As for what prompted the respondents to vote for Fico, they said most often the prime minister’s experience in politics, the fact that he’s proven himself, his strong leadership skills, solid prowess in law and diplomacy and his statesmanship (55 percent).
Kiska received 59.4 percent of votes in the run-off round, while Fico was backed by 40.6 percent of voter.
(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Apr 2014 at 13:00