Kiska’s new party would make it to parliament by a narrow margin

The recent Focus poll suggests that nine parties would form the parliament.

The Slovak parliament, illustrative stock photoThe Slovak parliament, illustrative stock photo (Source: SME)

The new party of ex-president Andrej Kiska would win enough support to gain seats in parliament if a general election was held in the second half of June. Za Ľudí (For the People) would receive 5.2 percent of the vote, meaning it would pass the threshold necessary to make it to parliament by a narrow margin.

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On the other hand, parliamentary regular Béla Bugár would have to leave parliament since his Most-Híd party would win only 4.5-percent support.

This stems from the recent poll carried out by the Focus agency between June 19 and 25 on 1,023 respondents.

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Nine parties in parliament

The election would be won by the senior ruling party Smer, which would be supported by 20.3 percent of the vote. This is an increase from the previous Focus poll, which suggested it would gain 19.7 percent.

Second would be the coalition of Progressive Slovakia (PS) and Spolu (Together) with 15.7 percent, down from 17.8 percent compared with the previous June poll.

It would be followed by the far-right Kotleba – People’s Party Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) with 12.6 percent (up from 12.5 percent) the Slovak National Party (SNS) with 7.3 percent (up from 7.2 percent) Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 7.1 percent (down from 8 percent) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with 7 percent (down from 7.5 percent).

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Next would be Sme Rodina (We Are Family) of Boris Kollár with 7 percent (down from 7.3 percent) and Za Ľudí (For the People). The last to make it to parliament would be the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) movement with 5.1 percent (down from 6.7 percent).

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Who would form a coalition?

The poll also suggests that 75.3 percent of respondents would vote. Another 11.2 percent of respondents said they do not want to vote, and 13.5 percent did not know whether they would cast their ballot.

Given the Focus poll results, the seats in parliament would be distributed like this: Smer 35, PS and Spolu 27, ĽSNS 22, SNS 12, SaS 12, KDH 12, Sme Rodina 12, Za Ľudí 9 and OĽaNO 9.

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