Poll: Communists gaining from main parties’ losses

A new poll from the STEM agency suggests that the Communist Party is gaining from preference drops among the three main parties. The survey sets the Social Democratic Party, the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 back by 1 to 2 percentage points against their polling results in June. Meanwhile Communist party support grew marginally by 0.4%. Elections held now would, according to STEM, leave the opposition Social Democrats with 87 parliamentary seats, the Civic Democrats with 45, and TOP 09 with 30. The Communists under such conditions would win 38 mandates, seven more than suggested in June.