published: 21.06.2012, 12:04 | updated: 21.06.2012 12:09:06
Prague - The senior opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) are losing voter support, but they are still the clearly most popular Czech party, with more than a 10-percent lead over the Communists (KSCM) and the Civic Democrats (ODS), according to the latest CVVM poll released today.
The CSSD would win 31 percent of the vote in June, or 5 percentage points less than a month ago.
In late May, the police caught former CSSD regional governor David Rath red-handed with 7 million crowns and accused him of corruption. Rath´s scandal negatively influenced the image of the Social Democrats.
The junior opposition KSCM would win 20.5 percent and the senior ruling ODS 20 percent. While the KSCM slightly lost, the ODS now gained 3 percentage points more than in May.
Support for the junior ruling TOP 09 has been going down for some time and was 10 percent now, which is the lowest since the mid-2010 elections, CVVM said.
The Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) would win 7 percent and return to the lower house of parliament if elections were held now, the poll showed.
The Greens, on the other hand, would remain narrowly under the 5-percent threshold to enter parliament, with 4.5 percent of the vote.
However, the margin of error is 1.5 percent for small parties and 2.5 percent for big parties.
Public Affairs (VV) seems to have absolutely no chance of defending their parliamentary seats now, with merely 0.5 percent.
Three-fifths of the respondents said they would cast their votes in elections now. Nearly one-fourth said they certainly would not vote.
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