SMER to cruise to victory


Opinion polls are suggesting that Direction – Social Democracy (SMER – SD) will comfortably win the general election in Slovakia tomorrow.

The latest opinion poll from the polling company Focus places SMER – SD and its leader, Robert Fico, on 39.7% (34.79 in 2010). Its closest rival is the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) which is on 10.4%.

The KDH is part of the current government and the only one to be holding some success in this election. The main party in the current government, the Slovak Democratic Christian Union (SDKU) is on 5.1%, just a squeeze above the 5% threshold for representation in the Národná rada or National Council. In the 2010 general election they took 15.42% of the vote.

Most-Hid another coalition partner is on 7% along with Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) which is on 5.1%.

Two new parties are doing quite well in their first election. The Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OL) party is on 6.7% and 99percent is on 5.2%; both can expect to win seats in tomorrow’s poll.

The most likely party to enter into a coalition government with SMER is KDH.

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