Poll: Leaked Gorilla recording has not endangered Smer

The non-parliamentary parties Za Ľudí and PS/Spolu keep dropping, the Focus poll suggests.

Leaders of opposition parties (l-r): PS/Spolu programme leader Miroslav Beblavý, SaS chair Richard Sulík, PS/Spolu chair Michal Truban, Za Ľudí chair Andrej Kiska, OĽaNO chair Igor Matovič, Sme Rodina chair Boris Kollár, and MP Igor JanckulíkLeaders of opposition parties (l-r): PS/Spolu programme leader Miroslav Beblavý, SaS chair Richard Sulík, PS/Spolu chair Michal Truban, Za Ľudí chair Andrej Kiska, OĽaNO chair Igor Matovič, Sme Rodina chair Boris Kollár, and MP Igor Janckulík (Source: TASR)

It seems that the position of the senior ruling party Smer has not been endangered by the recently leaked Gorilla recording, on which a voice most probably belonging to its chair Robert Fico can be heard.

The recording suggests he was talking to Jaroslav Haščák of the Penta financial group in a flat on Vazovova Street, eavesdropped on by the intelligence service, the Sme daily reported.

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The party would win with 22 percent of votes if the parliamentary election took place in the second half of October, a poll carried out by the Focus agency for the private broadcaster TV Markíza showed.

It would be followed by the coalition of non-parliamentary parties Progressive Slovakia (PS) and Spolu (Together), with 11 percent support. It reported a drop compared to September, when it would be supported by more than 13 percent of respondents.

Third would be far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) with 10.2 percent.

PS/Spolu vs Za Ľudí

Unlike PS/Spolu, the poll, carried out between October 15 and 22 on 1,021 respondents, showed the rising support of Za Ľudí (For the People), the party of ex-president Andrej Kiska. It received 9.1 percent (placing fourth in the poll), up from September’s 6.5 percent.

The reason is mostly Kiska, according to Focus head Martin Slosiarik.

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