Danko most likeable; Kotleba least amiable among party chairmen

The perceived affability and unpleasantness of chairmen of political parties remained stable.

Andrej Danko (l) and Béla Bugár.Andrej Danko (l) and Béla Bugár. (Source: Sme)

Andrej Danko, Speaker of Parliament and the head of the Slovak National Party (SNS) is the most likeable politician in Slovakia, based on a poll carried out by the Focus agency on a sample of 1,002 people between August 11-16 when 48.5 percent of respondents voted for him. He was followed by Béla Bugár, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Most-Híd leader, with 44.1 percent, the TASR newswire reported on August 22.

Next came the following politicians: Prime Minister and Smer leader Robert Fico (35.9 percent), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) leader Richard Sulík (34.2 percent), We Are Family chairman Boris Kollár (28.8 percent), Ordinary People-NOVA chief Igor Matovič (27.9 percent), Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) leader Alojz Hlina (21 percent), and People’s Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) head Marian Kotleba (18.8 percent).

Respondents were also asked whom they would describe as the least amiable. Kotleba came first in this category with 72.6 percent, followed by Matovič (63.7 percent), Kollár (61.5 percent), Fico (58.4 percent), Sulík (55.5 percent), Bugár (47.3 percent), Hlina (44 percent) and Danko (37.4 percent).

“The [perceived] affability and unpleasantness of chairmen of political parties remained stable compared to the previous poll from June 2016. Significant decreases in antipathy were recorded only by Hlina (from 51 to 44 percent), with a mild drop for Bugár (from 52 to 47.3),” added Martin Slosiarik of Focus agency.

People were given the names of the chairs of parties that recorded more than 4-percent support in the latest opinion poll and were asked whether they know each person and how they feel about him.

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