STA, 10 December 2018 - The Democrats (SDS) remain in the lead in the latest Mediana poll, published in Monday's Delo. The biggest opposition party, which topped the rankings for the most part of the year, is followed by the coalition Social Democrats (SD), Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) and the Left. The government received the best mark so far.
Two-fifths of the respondents assessed the work of the government as mediocre and almost 30% assessed it as positive or very positive.
In September, when the government was sworn in, its average mark was 2.16 on a scale from one to five but now its average mark is 3.01, which is more than the previous government of Miro Cerar reached in the last two years of its rule.
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The most popular party by far is still the SDS, polling at 18.1%, slightly down from 18.3% in November. The ratings of the SD, LMŠ and the Left, which trail the SDS, improved compared to last month.
The SD polled at 10.5% (8.9% in November), the LMŠ at 8.5% (7%) and the Left at 6.7% (6.1%)
The non-parliamentary People's Party (SLS) jumped to fifth place on 5.5% support, while polling at 1.7% only a couple of months ago.
The coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) won a percentage point to poll at 4.9%. The opposition New Slovenia (NSi) follows with 4.2% support and the coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) with 3.5%.
The opposition National Party (SNS) polled at 3.2% and the coalition Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB) at 2.2%.
While DeSUS's support remained level, the remaining three parties lost some ground compared to November.
President Borut Pahor remains the most popular politician, followed by Prime Minister Marjan Šarec but Pahor received a slightly lower grade this month compared to November and Šarec a slightly higher.
European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and MEP Tanja Fajon follow in third and fourth place, respectively.
Pollster Ninamedia conducted the survey among 717 adults between 26 November and 6 December.
STA, 24 August 2018 - After being expelled from the Modern Centre Party (SMC) in late June, Milan Brglez has quit the party's faction in parliament to join the deputy group of Social Democrats (SD).
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STA, 27 June 2018 - The executive committee of the Modern Centre Party (SMC) unanimously decided at Tuesday's session to expel Milan Brglez, a party vice-president, from the SMC. Brglez wrote on Facebook he had been expelled for being an upright politician, for occasionally being critical of the party and for opposing a coalition with the Democrats (SDS).
STA, 18 May 2018 - The non-parliamentary Pirate Party (Piratska stranka) will try its luck in the general election for the second time. Polls place the marijuana legalisation advocates well below the 4% threshold, but there are also signs of a positive trend in the wake of the first round of public debates.
STA, 16 May 2018 - The National Party (Slovenska Nacionalna Stranka, SNS), a Eurosceptic, nationalist, protectionist and populist party, is relying heavily on anti-migrant rhetoric in its hope to re-enter parliament after a seven-year hiatus. Its founder and leader Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti prides himself on not mincing words.
STA, 15 May 2018 - Good State (Dobra država), the party headed by MP Bojan Dobovšek, was founded in November 2017 with a platform that focuses on the fight against corruption. Set up from a civil initiative within the Good State institute, which Dobovšek founded two years earlier, the party says it is a movement of individuals with integrity.
STA, 15 May - United Right (Združena desnica) is the coalition of two non-parliamentary parties, Voice for Children and Families (For Children) and the New People's Party (NLS), which is campaigning on a platform that emphasises family values and the rule of law and is arguably the most conservative and overtly Christian player to contest the election.
STA, 14 May 2018 - The list of media owner Bojan Požar is among the many political newcomers hoping to boost their election chances with a dose of populism. Unabashed by criticism over his coupling of journalism and politics, Požar is proposing heavy tax cuts while announcing a war on white collar crime and the current judiciary.
STA, 14 May 2018 - Once the country's major conservative party, the Slovenian People's Party (Slovenska ljudska stranka, SLS) will try to make its way back to parliament in the 3 June general election in what will likely be one of its final attempts to get saved from political oblivion.