SMER SD set to win clear majority
A poll by Polis Slovakia for Plus jeden den suggests that the current opposition Direction – Social Democracy (SMER-SD) of Robert Fico, also the largest party in the current parliament, is on course to win an overall majority in next year’s general election. SMER-SD is said to be on 45.5% of the vote which, if correct would give them around 83 of the 150 seats in the Slovak National Council. In the 2010 general election they took 34.79% of the vote and 62 seats.
Iveta Radičová’s Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKU – DS) are showing in the poll as on 14.3%, down from 15.42% last year. Radičová has said that she will not be standing in the election in March which was caused by the collapse of her four party coalition government in a recent vote over the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF).
Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), a coalition partner which failed to back the government has dropped from 12.4% of the vote last year to 8.3% currently.
The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), another coalition partner has gone up slightly from 8.52% last year to 8.8% in this latest poll. The other coalition partner Most-Hid has gone from 8.12% last year to 5.3% currently.
The Slovak National Party (SNS) with nine seats currently falls below the 5% threshold for any seats if the current poll is correct.