Slovaks do not wish leaders of strongest parties to be the next PM

Smer head Robert Fico and PS head Michal Truban failed in the poll.

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)

Most Slovaks would like to see incumbent PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) hold his office after the 2020 general election. This stems from the AKO poll carried out for the Hospodárske Noviny daily, where he was supported by 26.9 percent of respondents.

“The reason is that he now serves as the prime minister and is seen in the media,” AKO director Václav Hřích said, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny.

Most political leaders, including chairs of the the ruling Smer and the coalition Progressive Slovakia (PS)-Spolu that currently lead the opinion polls, won less than 5 percent each.

Ex-Slovak President Andrej Kiska is an exception, though.

“It seems there is no leader who could convince at least one-third, or even one-half, of respondents,” Hřích said, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny.

Fico and Truban fail

Smer chair and ex-prime minister Robert Fico was selected only by 4.7 percent of respondents, earning him sixth place in the poll.

“Pellegrini is currently known better when it comes to Smer,” Hřích said, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny. Fico must fight for his previous position and communicate more if he wants to become the next prime minister, he added.

Michal Truban,leader of Progressive Slovakia, the second strongest party in the polls, did not fare well either. Only 2.8 percent of respondents would want to see him as the future prime minister of Slovakia.

Truban must present himself in the media more often so that people can simply link him with politics, Hřích opined. In that aspect, he is not well known among the population.

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Spolu chair Miroslav Beblavý is seen as a more suitable candidate for prime minister than Truban. So is far-right politician Marian Kotleba (ĽSNS) and populist politician Boris Kollár (Sme Rodina).

Kiska in second

Former Slovak president Andrej Kiska came second, earning 15.2 percent of votes.

“His image is based on five years as the Slovak president,” Hřích said, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny. People still remember his ambition to get into politics and lead opposition forces, he added.

Kiska has founded his own political party, Za ľudí (For the People), this year. However, the party would surpass the parliament threshold only by a thin margin.

“We can see that it is only 15 percent of the population, which is a very poor result,” Hřích claimed, as quoted by Hospodárske Noviny.

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