Poll shows dwindling support for Czech government.

By bne IntelliNews September 30, 2010
The governing coalition of the centre-right senior ruling party ODS (Civic Democrats) and its junior coalition partners, the conservative TOP 09 and the centrist VV (Public Affairs), would have a less comfortable majority in the parliament's lower house if elections were held now, a September poll by the Factum Invenio agency showed. ODS would be supported by 20.7% of the voters, up by 0.5pps compared to the May election results, TOP 09 - by 18.1%, up by 1.4pps against the elections and VV - by only 8.8%, down by 2.1pps. Thus, the three parties would command 112 seats (ODS - 52 seats, TOP 09 - 43 and VV - 17 seats) in the 200-seat lower chamber, down from 118 at present (ODS - 53 seats, TOP 09 - 41 and VV - 24 seats). Thus, it appears that TOP 09 is gathering strength within the coalition. The major opposition party, centre-left CSSD (Social Democrats), would have remained the leader if the elections were held now - it would have gained 22.2% of the vote, up from 22.08% in May, and thus would have controlled 57 seats against the present 56 seats. The leftist opposition party KSCM (Communist) would have also performed better with a 13.3% support, up by 2pps against the elections, and 31 seats against 26 at present. In the meantime, a STEP agency September poll showed that the government of PM Petr Necas is trusted by only 38% of those surveyed, newswire CTK revealed. This represents a significant deterioration as the June poll of STEM showed that some 53% of the Czechs over 18 years and about 58% of those who voted in the May 28-29 elections would have voted confidence in the coalition government of PM Petr Necas if they were to decide the confidence vote. Still, the approval of the current government is higher than that granted to the cabinet of PM Mirek Topolanek which was positively assessed by only a third of the respondents in the past. About half of those polled said they trusted PM Necas in the September poll of STEM.

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