The recently leaked recordings featuring Smer leader Robert Fico meeting with people close to those charged in major corruption cases from the Smer government eras has not impacted the popularity of his party in opinion polls.
The party continues to rise, as stems from the recent poll carried out by the Focus agency. If elections were held in October, Smer would be the second-most popular with 15.5 percent support, up by more than 1 percentage point compared with September.
Smer is also closing in on the party Hlas, led by Fico’s former party colleague Peter Pellegrini. Hlas gained 19.3 percent (up by 0.8 percentage points) in the poll.
No impact on preferences so far
Focus conducted the poll for the political talk show Na Telo, broadcast by private TV Markíza, on 1,009 respondents between October 20 and 27. The media outlets reported on the leaked recordings on October 25, meaning that the poll could capture some moods in society.