Who should be the future Slovak PM?

Smer voters favour Pellegrini over Fico.

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) is seen as a more suitable candidate for the next Slovak PM among people than Smer chair Robert Fico. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) is seen as a more suitable candidate for the next Slovak PM among people than Smer chair Robert Fico. (Source: TASR/František Iván)

Incumbent Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) should lead the new government after the next general election as well.

This stems from a poll carried out by the Focus agency for the private broadcaster TV Markíza, in which he was chosen by nearly 15 percent of respondents.

However, nearly one-third of respondents do not care at all who becomes the new leader of cabinet.

Kotleba comes in second

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The second highest support in the poll was given to Marian Kotleba, chair of the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) with nearly 7 percent. He was followed by Smer chair Robert Fico and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chair Richard Sulík with 6.7 percent each.

Only 3.4 percent of Slovaks wish to have Andrej Kiska as the prime minister. Both Andrej Danko of the Slovak National Party (SNS) and Boris Kollár of Sme Rodina (We Are Family) overtook him, the former with 3.9 percent and the latter with 4.1 percent.

Igor Matovič of Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) won the support of 3.3 percent of respondents. Béla Bugár (Most-Híd) was selected by only 2.8 percent of respondents and Veronika Remišová (OĽaNO) with 1.3 percent.

Fail for PS and Spolu

Two leaders of new parties successful in the presidential and EP elections gained only little less than 1 percent. Only 1.3 percent would like to have Michal Truban (Progressive Slovakia) as the prime minister and 1.2 percent of people wish Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu) to become the head of the cabinet.

Alojz Hlina of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) won the support of 1.1 percent of respondents, while Štefan Harabin, the unsuccessful presidential candidate, won almost 1 percent.

If only voters of Smer were to decide, Pellegrini would become the prime minister (with the support of 56.8 percent), defeating Fico (with the support of 36.1 percent).

The poll was conducted between May 17 and 23 on 1,020 respondents.

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