Czech ANO is most popular party - poll


05.03.2014 11:38

Prague - Food and media mogul Andrej Babis's ANO movement would win the elections to the Czech Chamber of Deputies if they were held now with a gain of 19.7 percent of the vote, according to a poll conducted by the ppm factum in late February and released today.


Zleva ministr pro legislativní radu vlády, lidská práva a rovné příležitosti Jiří Dienstbier, premiér Bohuslav Sobotka, ministr financí a vicepremiér pro ekonomiku Andrej Babiš a ministr bez portfeje pro vědu a inovace Pavel Bělobrádek na tiskové konferenci po úvodním zasedání nové vlády 29. ledna v Praze. ČTK Doležal Michal

The Social Democrats (CSSD) would be the runner-ups with one percent less.

The five-percent threshold to enter the Chamber of Deputies would also be crossed by the Communists (KSCM), TOP 09, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), tourism businessman Tomio Okamura's Dawn of Direct Democracy and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

The Social Democrats have lost more than 2 percent since the previous poll held one month ago.

On the other hand, ANO has gained 1.2 percent.

The KSCM are now popular with 15.9 percent, the conservative TOP 09 with 11 percent and the centre-right ODS with 7.1 percent.

The Dawn would now get 6.4 percent and the KDU-CSL 6.2 percent of the vote.

From the rest of the parties, the Greens are the closest to the Chamber of Deputies with 4.8 percent.

The early election held last October was won by the CSSD with 20.45 percent (50 mandates), followed by ANO with 18.65 percent (47 mandates), the KSCM with 14.91 percent (33 mandates), TOP 09 with 11.99 percent (26 mandates), the ODS with 7.72 percent (16 mandates), the Dawn with 6.88 percent (14 mandates) and the KDU-CSL 6.78 with percent of the vote (14 mandates).

The CSSD, ANO and the Christian Democrats formed a centre-left coalition government in mid-January.

The voter turnout would be 48 percent, down from 59.5 percent in the election held last October.

The poll was conducted on a sample of 990 Czechs aged over 18 on February 20-28.

Trust in Czech government, Chamber doubles - poll

Czechs' trust in the government and the Chamber of Deputies has all but doubled since the elections to the Chamber of Deputies held in October 2013, according to a poll conducted by the STEM polling institute in February and released today.

Members of the new cabinet are trusted by 47 percent and the Chamber of Deputies by 40 percent of Czechs.

The Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) formed a centre-left coalition government in mid-January.

Out of political institutions, most Czechs still trust President Milos Zeman, but the trust considerably fell since last September.

The poll conducted last September found that 28 percent of Czechs trusted the government and 20 percent the Chamber of Deputies.

However, after the October election, the trust surged.

"Like after the elections in 2006 and 2010, the Chamber of Deputies was newly filled and the government has created hope and positive expectations in the public," the pollsters said.

The trust in Zeman fell from 59 percent to 51 percent between last September and this February.

Compared with his predecessor Vaclav Klaus, Zeman's trustworthiness is on a considerably lower level, the pollsters said.

On the other hand, the proportion of Czechs trusting the Senate slightly rose from 33 to 36 percent of those polled.

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