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Polls show KDH declining in popularity, nationalist/ethnic-based parties on the rise

TWO  polls were carried-out aimed at whom people would elect if the election took place at the May 16-17 weekend. Both saw Smer’s popularity at the same level, while in other places, things are changing.

Váhostav-SK(Source: Sme)

The Polis Slovakia poll implies that Smer would win with 35.3 percent, followed by opposition Sieť (10.8 percent). Other parties to make it to parliament would be Most-Híd (8.4 percent), Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) surprisingly falling to 8.3 percent from a previous 10.5, Slovak national Party (SNS) with 8 percent, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) on 7.9 percent and ethnic-Hungarian party of Hungarian Community (SMK) with 5.5 percent.

The opposition parties Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), NOVA, Slovak democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and SKOK would not make it over the 5-percent threshold necessary for gaining a parliamentary seat, the Sme daily wrote.

Behind the surprising success of SNS can be the general conviction that it should be in parliament – and would be able to make it to the parliament, political analyst Pavol Marchevský commented on the results for the SITA newswire. He ascribes the success also to the gradually rising SNS preferences in recent months.  

The Focus agency’s poll found that Smer would garner 33.2 percent, Sieť would be at 10.7; KDH at 9.4 percent, OĽaNO at 7.8 percent; and Most-Híd at 7.4 percent. SNS had the support of 7.3 percent, (against 5.7 in April); and SMK  5.4; while SaS 5 percent of those polled. NOVA, SDKÚ or SKOK would not get chairs in parliament, according to the Focus poll cited by SITA and published on May 18.  

As the infamous case could be behind the fall in popularity of Smer, a third poll scrutinised the satisfaction of Slovaks with the governmental solution of the Váhostav restructuring case that has been protracted for some time already.

Read also:Small businesses cut out in Váhostav case

A Polis Slovakia poll made for SITA and published recently stated that of the 1,402 people polled, 51,3 percent were dissatisfied with the government’s solution, while 29.5 percent were strongly dissatisfied. Satisfied were 18.5 percent of those asked, while 2.6 percent of them were strongly positive about the step.

People mostly see as those responsible for the current state of affairs the Váhostav owner, Juraj Široký, and the current as well as former company management; to a certain degree also Prime Minister Robert Fico and foreign shell companies. Only few (3.2 percent) accuse former transport minister Ján Figeľ of being responsible for the case. 

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