The always unpredictable MVK has come in with new numbers for mid-December and so it is briefly worth revisiting the graphs. The most interesting news from this survey, however, are the results for small parties that I do not cover here and will try to address in the next post.
As we knew from the other polls, the big November drop for Smer was more likely a sampling artifact rather than a genuine drop. This month Smer returns to 39% where it usually polls with MVK. This is lower than averages for other pollsters for 2008–2 points lower than the FOCUS average of 41 and 6 points lower than the UVVM average of 45% for the year. One reason for that may be MVK’s inclusion of a larger number of smaller parties on its questionaire and the resulting loss 2-4% of Smer support to those who might otherwise pick Smer but who, when presented with an option such as “Green Party,” opt for that one. As UVVM and FOCUS results suggest, almost nobody in Slovakia actively mentions the Green Party when asked an open question, but when given the option, a few percent move in that direction which, coupled with lower numbers for Smer on such polls, suggests a limited softness in the party’s support (which is no surprise anyway).
This graph of recent polling results for SDKU show strong agreement and again suggest that November’s MVK poll had some sampling problems. All December polls show SDKU between 11% and 12%.
December results for SNS produced an unexpectedly wide range of results, especially for a party that had produced near consensus in previous month. MVK results suggest that this was a sampling issue, with results that bisect the FOCUS low and the UVVM high and keep the party’s average almost unchanged from the previous month. Ethnic controversy, by this standard, does not seem to be a major electoral boost for the party.
This graph of recent results for MK shows much the same, with an extremely narrow distribution at 8%. This is low for a party with a demographic base of over 10% and for one facing the sort of political challenges that usually rally ethnic populations ’round the party.
This graph of recent results for HZDS showsthe continuing slow slide. The party is at near record low levels in 2 of 3 major surveys and at its second lowest overall average in its history.
This graph of recent results for KDH shows a rise in December and MVK exactly bisects the two other polls, as it often does.
This graph of recent results for KSS shows now real change, but MVK numbers for Decembers show a slight drop from their periodic high in November.
This graph of recent results for SF shows suggest caution about notions of an SF boomlet found by FOCUS. I cannot find SF numbers for the November but the party’s numbers have not changed measurably from the most recent poll number I have for September. This, combined with unchanged numbers from UVVM offer reasons for skepticism. It may be, however, that what might otherwise have been an SF rise in December was affected negatively by the inclusion of yet another new party–Sloboda a solidarita–designed to appeal to the same demographic. But about SAS more in the next post.