CSSD remains most popular Czech party but sees sliding support ppm factum poll.

By bne IntelliNews January 17, 2013
The major opposition party the Social Democrats (CSSD) remains the most popular political party in the Czech Republic in January although it saw a slightly weaker support that in the previous month, CTK news agency reported citing a poll by ppm factum agency. CSSD would gain a 24% support if elections were held today, slightly down from 25.6% in December but more than the 22.1% backing it won in the May 2010 general elections. The senior ruling party Civic Democrats (ODS) managed to regain the second position as 17.1% of the polled Czechs said they would vote for the party, up from 15.7% in December and compared to 20.2% in the May elections. The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) follows closely with a support of 14.6%, down from 16.3% in December but up from 11.3% in the May elections. The other three parties that would have crossed the 5% threshold to enter the parliament are junior ruling conservative TOP 09 (11.1%) and extra-parliamentary Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) with a support of 6.7% and Citizens' Rights Party (SPOZ) with 6.6%. The poll results showed that left wing parties would gain an absolute majority in the parliament with CSSD taking 65 seats in the 200-seat assembly and KSCM grabbing 36. The turnout in the elections would be 61.3%. The ppm factum poll was conducted among nearly 1,000 people on January 1 to 6.

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