AKO Poll: Smer-SD Still in Lead on 21.2 percent, SaS and SNS Follow

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Smer-SD leaders (Stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, September 7 (TASR) – If a general election had taken place late in August or at the beginning of September, the senior governing party Smer-SD would have been the winner on 21.2 percent of the votes, ahead of the Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) on 16 percent and junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) on 10.9 percent, according to an AKO agency poll released on Friday.

According to the results, a total of eight parties would have made it to Parliament. Smer-SD would have garnered 36, SaS 27 and SNS 18 seats in the 150-member Parliament. The SNS would have been followed by Boris Kollar’s We Are Family on 9.5 percent and 16 seats, Igor Matovic’s OLaNO – 9.4 percent and 16 seats, the far-right People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) – 8.6 percent and 14 seats, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) – 7.6 percent and 13 seats, and Most-Hid – 6.3 percent and ten seats.

New liberal parties Progressive Slovakia and Miroslav Beblavy’s Together would both have been below the 5-percent threshold to make it into Parliament, having received 4.6 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively. Also below the line was the ethnic-Hungarian SMK-MPK on 2.3 percent. No other party received more than 1 percent in the poll.

According to the survey, 9.3 percent of the respondents wouldn’t have cast their votes in the election, and 16.1 percent were undecided. The poll was carried out on a sample of 1,000 people from August 30 to September 5.