Poll: Extremists fall, Kiska teeters on the threshold

Smer remains a leader in another August poll by Focus, despite a drop in support.

Michal Truban (PS) and Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu).Michal Truban (PS) and Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu). (Source: TASR)

Two polls have been published by the Focus agency this August; the first was published on August 9, while the most recent one came out on August 20. It suggests a drop in support for the ruling Smer party, as well as the far-right People's Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS).

Compared to the beginning of August, Smer dropped by 1 percentage point to 20.8 percent. However, it still leads the polls. The ĽSNS was supported by 11.4 percent of respondents in the recent poll, dropping by 0.7 percentage points.

Conversely, the poll conducted between August 13 and 19 on 1,010 respondents has shown that non-parliamentary parties are gaining support.

PS-Spolu & Za Ľudí rising

The electoral coalition of non-parliamentary parties Progressive Slovakia (PS) and Spolu (Together) managed to rise from 14 percent to 14.9 percent in a week. This comes only a few days after PS chair Michal Truban admitted to trying drugs in the past.

Former president Andrej Kiska's party, Za Ľudí (For the People), remained close to the 5-percent threshold. Compared to the beginning of August, it went up by only 0.5 percentage points to 5.5 percent.

Hungarians without representatives

Other parliamentary parties have kept their electorate without any big change. However, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) rose by 0.9 percent to 7.9 percent.

On the other hand, the Most-Híd party, representing the Hungarian minority in the parliament, keeps falling in the polls. The recent Focus poll even suggests that it would fail to pass the 5-percent threshold, receiving the support of only 4.3 percent of respondents.

Since another party representing the Hungarian minority, the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK), would receive only 3.5 percent of the vote, the Hungarians would have no representatives in the parliament.

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