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Poll: Babiš’s ANO widening its lead

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Prague, May 10 (CTK) – Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ ANO has kept and even increased its comfortable lead before the rest of the parties with 32.9 percent, according to a poll conducted by the STEM polling institute in April and released on Thursday.

The right-wing Civic Democratic Party (ODS) would be the runner-up with 13.7 percent, followed by the Pirates with 13.5 percent.

The fourth place would now go to the anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) with 9 percent.

Out of the parties in the Chamber of Deputies now, TOP 09 and the Movement of Mayors and Independents (STAN) would not re-enter it as they are popular with less than 5 percent of voters.

The lower house would also be entered by the Communists (KSCM), the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

“The position of the Communists is stable, keeping a slight, but steady lead before the CSSD,” the pollsters said.

The KSCM was backed by 8.5 percent and the CSSD by 7 percent, while the KDU-CSL was only slightly above the 5 percent threshold.

STEM analysts said the election model was not a forecast of the elections.

“It is not easy to draw up a model of the election result because one can only with difficulties find out whether the respondents will really take part in the vote or whether the voters’ election motivation will be similar to that in the previous election or whether it will change,” they added.

The April model is based on the assumed voter turnout of around 58 percent.

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