STA, February 12, 2018 – Four months ahead of the general election in Slovenia, the fledgling party of Kamnik Mayor Marjan Šarec is back on top in the latest Delo poll, ahead of the Social Democrats (SD) and Democrats (SDS).
The List of Marjan Šarec climbed by almost seven percentage points to 19.5% and the coalition SocDems gained a point to 13.1%.
The opposition SDS slipped back 4.4 points to fall from the top spot the month before to 11.4%, its poorest showing in a year.
The paper finds that the main reason for the slump in support was the disclosure that the party took out a loan with a Bosnian Serb entrepreneur.
The Modern Centre Party (SMC) of PM Miro Cerar ranks fourth in the poll on 7.8%, ahead of the opposition Left (5.5%), New Slovenia (NSi) on 5.3% and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) on 3.5%.
The NSi lost more than a point since the change at the helm of the party, but the new leader Matej Tonin saw an increase in his own approval rating.
President Borut Pahor continues as the most popular politician ahead of his challenger Šarec in second and European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc in third. Tonin is 7th.
The poll was conducted by Delo Stik among 1,009 respondents between 1 and 6 February.