More than two-thirds of Slovaks do not want the new government formed after the 2020 general election to be supported by the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) of Marian Kotleba.
This stems from a poll carried out by the Focus pollster for private broadcaster TV Markíza between April 8 and 14 on 1,026 respondents.
Mostly the ruling Smer party has been trying to win the support of ĽSNS recently, which was proven when they voted on capping the retirement age at 64 years. The proposal was also passed with the support of the extremists. Moreover, shortly after adopting the constitutional law, Smer chair Robert Fico thanked ĽSNS MPs, the Sme daily reported.
Typical features of opponents
- a woman of Hungarian nationality;
- older than 65 years;
- secondary school leaving exam;
- lives in Nitra Region;
- net income between €301 and €500;
- goes to the church several times a week;
- does not use the internet and social networks;
- votes for OĽaNO;
- voted for František Mikloško in the first round of 2019 presidential election;
- voted for Zuzana Čaputová in the second round.
- people living in towns and cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants;
- household with two members;
- household with net income between €801 and €1,000.
However, Smer and the government it formed with the Slovak National Party (SNS) and Most-Híd in 2016 first described itself as a barrier of extremism.
The biggest opponents
The biggest opponents to the future government featuring ĽSNS are voters who supported former politician and dissident František Mikloško in the first round of the recent presidential elections. As much as 85.9 percent of them consider it unacceptable or rather unacceptable, the Focus poll suggests.
In the case of the voters of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) led by Igor Matovič, about one-tenth of voters disagree with the presence of ĽSNS in the new government.
Most are women of Hungarian nationality older than 65 years of age with secondary school leaving exams. They live in Nitra Region, are widows and receive €301-€500 net a month. They go to church few times a week and does not use the internet or social networks.
The biggest supporters
Typical features of supporters
- men of an unspecified nationality;
- 25-34 years old;
- non-qualified manual labourer;
- net income below €300;
- lives in a small town with 5,000-20,000 inhabitants;
- lives in Prešov Region
- considers himself/herself a conservative;
- goes to the church several times a year;
- votes for ĽSNS;
- voted for Marian Kotleba in the first round of 2019 presidential election, and did not vote in the second round;
- household with four members;
- household with net montly income from €1,001 to €1,200.
A government with ĽSNS is mostly supported by non-qualified manual labourers. Of them, up to 41 percent supported this alternative.
As for the ĽSNS voters and people who cast their ballot for Marian Kotleba in the first round of the presidential election, up to 96 percent support a future government featuring the extremists.
The typical number one fan of a ĽSNS government is a man aged 25-34 years of non-specified nationality who graduated from the secondary vocational school. He is single and lives in a small town with 5,000-20,000 inhabitants, situated in Prešov Region.
His net income is €300 max. He considers himself a conservative and goes to the church a few times year. He uses the internet and social networks on a daily basis.