Social Democrats still ahead in polls

The Social Democrats continue to enjoy the greatest support among the Czech electorate, suggests a new opinion poll by the internet-based SANEP agency. In a survey conducted at the end of December and the start of this month, 27.5 percent of respondents said they would vote for the party. The right-of-centre Civic Democrats placed second in the poll with 23 percent backing. The new right-of-centre grouping TOP 09 were the choice of 12.9 percent of respondents, ahead of the Communists, who received 11 percent support. The poll indicates that no other parties would reach the 5-percent threshold to reach the lower house. The Czech Republic currently has a caretaker government after the last elected one fell last March. General elections are expected to take place in May.

Author: Ian Willoughby