Czech Social Democrats keep double-digit lead in latest poll, ANO shares second spot with Communists.

By bne IntelliNews October 14, 2013

The main left-wing Czech party, Social Democrats (CSSD), is holding on to a double-digit lead in the latest opinion poll by TNS Aisa, while the second spot was occupied by the far-left Communists (KSCM) and newly-formed ANO of billionaire Andrej Babis, Lidovky.cz reported.

The poll showed that CSSD would receive a 28.5% backing if elections were held now, slightly down from 29% in the previous poll by TNS Aisa announced on Oct 6. ANO kept its second position although it saw support among voters ticking down to 12.5% from 13% a week ago. KSCM, which ranked third in the early October poll with an 11% support, managed to regain the second position and share it with ANO as it also garnered a 12.5% backing.

Among the other parties that would have passed the 5% threshold to enter the parliament are two of the partners of the former centre-right ruling coalition - TOP 09 and Civic Democrats (ODS) with a support of 11% and 6.5%, compared to a backing of 9.5% and 8.5%, respectively, in the early-Oct poll. Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) would be the choice of 6.5% of the Czechs and the the Dawn of Direct Democracy of Czech-Japanese entrepreneur and senator Tomio Okamura would get 5%. The Citizens' Rights Party (SPOZ) of Czech President Milos Zeman would fail to pass the 5% barrier as it would get a 4.5% backing.

The poll also showed that only 38% of the Czechs who will definitively go the polls have decided whom they would vote for.

The Czech Republic will hold early elections on October 25-26.

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