Elections: Janša's SDS Rises in Polls, Šarec Falls

By , 21 May 2018, 09:52 AM Politics
Janez Janša at EPP Summit, 2010 Janez Janša at EPP Summit, 2010 Wikimedia: European People's Party, public domain

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Two recent polls put the SDS further ahead of the field. 

STA, 21 May 2018 - The Democratic Party (SDS) of Janez Janša extended its lead in a poll commissioned by commercial broadcaster POP TV, while the party of Kamnik Mayor Marjen Šarec slipped back by almost five points.

All our election coverage can be found here, while our profiles of the parties are here.

The poll, released last night, showed the SDS gaining 1.4 percentage points to 14.9%, as the Marjan Šarec List lost 4.6 points to 9.7% and the Social Democrats (SD) lost two points to 6.5%.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar's Modern Centre Party (SMC) is tied with the opposition Left in fourth on 4.5%, followed by the coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) on 3.9% and opposition New Slovenia (NSi) on 3.3%.

The Alenka Bratušek Party is tied with the non-parliamentary National Party (SNS) on 3.1%. The non-parliamentary People's Party (SLS) polled at 1.7%, the Pirate Party at 1.2% and the ReSET party at 1%.

More than a fifth (21.8%) of those questioned are still undecided and a further 10% would not vote for any of the existing parties, while another 3.4% declined to answer questions.

The poll was conducted by Mediana Pulse among 743 respondents.

The STA reported over the weekend that a poll for Nova24TV by Parsifal also showed growing support for the opposition Democrats (SDS). Just two weeks before polling day, the SDS has a five-point lead on the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), with the Social Democrats (SD) a distant third.

The SDS polled at 17.2%, up 1.4 points over the early-May poll, with LMŠ down half a point to 12.2% and the SD losing 1.6 points to drop to 6.8%.

The Modern Centre Party saw its rating drop slightly to 4.3%, whereas the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) added half a point to 3.2%.

The New Slovenia (NSi) shed a whole point to 3%, with the Left seeing its rating nearly halved to 2.7%, just ahead of a resurgent National Party (SNS) with 2.5%.

These are also the parties that would make the 4% threshold for parliament if undecided votes are discounted.

Almost 30% have yet to make up their mind, and just under 15% said they would either not vote for any of the parties or not vote at all.

The phone poll was carried out by pollster Parsifal between 14 and 17 May and involved 719 respondents.

Nova24TV is a private station co-owned by the SDS.

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