Smer improves slightly in polls, Progressive Slovakia on the rise

In the beginning of June, the ruling party would have garnered 21.7 of the public vote.

L-R: Ex-PM Robert Fico, outgoing Žilina governor and Smer vice-chair, Juraj Blanár, resigned culture minister and party vice-chair, Marek Maďarič, and his successor in party position, Košice Mayor Richard Raši at December 9 Smer congress.L-R: Ex-PM Robert Fico, outgoing Žilina governor and Smer vice-chair, Juraj Blanár, resigned culture minister and party vice-chair, Marek Maďarič, and his successor in party position, Košice Mayor Richard Raši at December 9 Smer congress. (Source: TASR)

Voter support for the ruling Smer party would have gone up slightly in June. In a survey conducted from June 4-11 via personal interviews, Smer earned 21.7 percent support of Slovaks, which is 1.2 percent more than in April. The party would have 39 representatives in parliament, the SITA newswire wrote, citing the Focus survey. The sample comprised 1,015 respondents.

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party ended second at 12.4 percent, which translates into 22 mandates. The opposition Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) movement would come third with 10 percent of votes, which is 0.9 percent more than in April (18 mandates).

The junior coalition partner, Slovak National Party (SNS), received 9.8 percent of the vote, or 0.3 percent less than in April (and 18 mandates).

Extremists and opposition

The extreme right ĽSNS party finished fifth with 9.7 percent support (17 mandates). If the election took place at the beginning of June, the opposition party Sme Rodina would have 8.1 percent support, which is 1.0 percent less than in April (14 mandates). The Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) followed with 6.7 percent (12 mandates). The last party to pass the five-percent threshold and make it into parliament would be the junior coalition party Most-Híd, with 5.6 percent and 10 mandates, SITA wrote.

The parties that would not have made it into parliament include the ethnic Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK), and two newly established liberal parties Progresívne Slovensko / Progressive Slovakia and Spolu / Together with 3.9 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. The latter improved 0.3 percent from April, the TASR newswire wrote.

According to the survey, 16.8 percent of the respondents would not have cast their votes in the election, and 14.4 percent were undecided.

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