Poll: Smer on the decline, Most-Híd, SNS, SaS, KDH, on the rise

Smer is still the strongest party of the political spectre, but it has considerably declined in popularity, a Median poll shows, adding that apart from SNS, it is mostly opposition and non-parliamentary parties that have improved their standing.

Leaders of the three coalition parties: Robert Fico, Andrej Danko, Béla Bugár (l-r).Leaders of the three coalition parties: Robert Fico, Andrej Danko, Béla Bugár (l-r). (Source: SITA)

Had the election taken place in the past two months, Smer would have won it with 25 percent of the votes, followed by opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 15 percent and the coalition party Slovak National (SNS) with 11 percent, the TASR newswire wrote.

This stems from a poll of the Median SK agency on a sample of 1,058 respondents between December 1, 2016, and January 22, 2017.

Five more parties would make it to parliament: opposition OĽaNO-Nova would have 10.5 percent of votes, extreme right ĽSNS 8 percent, coalition partner Most-Híd 7.5 percent, extra-parliamentary KDH 7 percent and Sme Rodina / We Are Family 5.5 percent.

Meanwhile, ethnic-Hungarian SMK-MKP (4 percent), Sieť (2 percent) and some other political subjects would not exceed the five-percent threshold necessary to get chairs in parliament.

Changes in support

Median SK informed TASR that 53.5 percent of respondents would go to the ballot boxes, mostly those aged 65 and over (56.9 percent), followed by young people aged 18-24 (54.2 percent).

Ten months since the election, the preferences of SNS and Most-Híd have increased slightly - SNS had 8.6 percent of votes last March and Most-Híd 6.5 percent. The ruling Smer party has been declining in popularity in recent months, as it had 28.3 percent support last March. “Scandals connected with this party have probably been reflected in the decisions of voters,” Median wrote, as cited by TASR.

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