ANO leads polls while Pirates overtake ODS for second place

Had elections taken place in January, Andrej Babiš's ANO party would have won with 31.5 percent of the vote, according to the latest Median poll. The Pirate Party would have come in second with 13 percent, narrowly beating Prime Minister Petr Fiala's Civic Democrats (ODS) party at 12 percent.

Six political parties would have received enough votes to reach the minimum 5 percent threshold required to gain seats in parliament; other than the top three parties already mentioned these would have been Tomio Okamura's SPD party with 10.5 percent, the Mayors and Independents with 7 percent, and government coalition partners TOP 09 with 5.5 percent.

According to Median's analysis, the Pirates overtaking ODS to come in second is probably due to their popularity among first-time voters in combination with an overall lower voter turnout, which mainly negatively impacts the Together coalition of ODS, the Christian Democrats and TOP 09.

Author: Anna Fodor