Poll: Current coalition would lose majority in parliament

If the general election took place between November 23 and 29, 2016, the current ruling coalition (Smer, SNS and Most-Híd parties) would not win a majority in parliament.

Casting a voteCasting a vote (Source: SITA)

This stems from a poll conducted by the Focus polling agency on a sample of 1,008 respondents aged over 18.

The ruling party, Smer, would still be the strongest player on the scene, with 23.3 percent of votes, the SITA newswire cited the poll. However, the tendency is clearly towards losing support.

Seven more parties would make it to the parliament, exceeding the threshold of five percent of votes: the Slovak National Party (SNS) ended second, with 13.7 percent of votes; Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would garner the vote of 13.6 percent of respondents, and Marian Kotleba-People’s Party Our Slovakia (Kotleba-ĽSNS) with 8 percent of votes.

Next came OĽaNO-NOVA (8.2 percent), Sme Rodina – Boris Kollár (7.9 percent) and Most-Híd (6.8 percent). According to this poll, also the currently out-of-parliament Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) would make it to the parliament, with 5.9 percent support.

Apart from the newcomers and tiny parties, these parties would garner less than five percent and therefore stay out of parliament: SMK-MKP (4.4 percent), Sieť (1.2 percent), as well as the communist party, KSS (1 percent of votes).

Thus, Smer would get 40 chairs in parliament, SNS and SaS 23 chairs each, Kotleba-ĽSNS 15, OĽaNO-NOVA 14, Sme Rodina – Boris Kollár 13, Most-Híd 12 and KDH 10 positions. Thus, the current coalition would get mere 75 chairs, losing its majority in the House.

The vote would not be participated in by 16.8 percent of people in Slovakia, according to the poll, while 10.4 percent did not know whom to elect.

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