published: 04.11.2013, 14:54 | updated: 04.11.2013 15:30:17
Prague - The Czech voters supported political parties in the late October election mainly according to their programmes and a chance to secure changes, an aspect that motivated voters of the new ANO movement most of all, according to a poll released by the STEM agency.
ANO and TOP 09 attracted voters by their leaders, businessman Andrej Babis and former foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg, respectively, the poll showed.
The Civic Democrats (ODS), whose election gain shrank considerably compared with the previous elections, were supported only by their traditional voters, the poll showed.
"Only 4 percent of the respondents admitted that they chose a party based on the election campaign," STEM said.
About the same percentage of voters made their choice in protest at another party.
Thirty percent of those polled said the main reason behind their choice was the favourite party´s policy and programme.
Twenty-eight percent said their favourite party has the biggest chance to push through the necessary changes in the Czech Republic.
Only 12 percent of Czechs are regular voters of the same political party, the polls showed.
Also 12 percent said they voted mainly in support of the party leader or another candidate.
A mere 10 percent of voters said the main motive of their choice was the party´s left, centrist or right orientation.
STEM conducted the poll on 1052 people on October 8-15, which was two weeks ahead of the October 25-26 early general election.
A total of seven parties entered the Chamber of Deputies in the elections. Apart from the above mentioned ODS, TOP 09 and ANO, they are the Social Democrats (CSSD), the Communists (KSCM), the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and the Dawn of Direct Democracy movement, also a newcomer.
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