Poll: Smer would take half of seats in parliament

HAD a general election been held in early November, the currently ruling Smer party would have claimed a victory with 39 percent of the votes, which translates into 75 out of 150 parliamentary seats up for grabs. This follows from a poll that Focus agency conducted on a sample of 1,034 respondents between November 3 and 11.

The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament. The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament. (Source: TASR)

This would mean, however, that unlike previous polls, according to the recent one Smer could not rule alone and would have to find a coalition partner to receive a parliamentary majority.

Five more parties would have cleared the five-percent threshold needed to win chairs in parliament, the TASR newswire wrote. The Sieť party would have received 12.9 percent of votes (25 MPs), followed by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 7.7 percent (15 MPs), Most-Híd with 7 percent (13 seats), ahead of the Slovak National Party (SNS) with 6 percent (12 seats). Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would have made it just past the required threshold with 5.2 percent (10 MPs).

Meanwhile, the two-party OĽaNO-NOVA coalition would have stayed outside parliament with 6.6 percent of votes, as coalitions face a threshold of 7 percent. SMK (Party of the Hungarian Community) would have received 4.1 percent of votes, followed by the Slovak democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) with 3 percent. TIP would have received 1.8 percent of the votes, ahead of Šanca, or ‘Chance’, with 1.4 percent. The far-right People’s Party-Our Slovakia (ĽS NS) also had 1.4 percent, followed by the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS) with 1.3 percent, SKOK with 1 percent and the Green Party with 0.7 percent.

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