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ANO would win elections now, ODS skips TOP 09

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Prague, Sept 13 (CTK) – Finance Minister Andrej Babis’s ANO movement would win the Czech general election, if held in August, followed by its government partner Social Democrats (CSSD) and the opposition Communists (KSCM), according to a poll conducted by the TNS Aisa agency and released by Czech Television yesterday.

Compared with TNS Aisa’s previous poll from June, the rightist opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS) would skip its conservative opposition rival TOP 09 for the first time in many months in August.

The smallest government party, the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), would re-enter the Chamber of Deputies as well.

According to TNS Aisa’s election model, ANO would gain 28 percent of the vote now, one percent more than in June.

The gain of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s CSSD would improve to 20.5 percent from June’s 19.5, and the ODS to 9.5 percent from June’s 8.5.

The KSCM’s election gain would be 11 percent, which is a two-percent decline against June.

TOP 09′ would suffer even a more sharp decline, from 10 percent to 7.5.

The KDU-CSL’s result would be 5 percent now, the same as in June.

The six parties’ chance of re-entering parliament was confirmed by another poll from August, which the Median agency released earlier this week.

In the Median poll, however, TOP 09 ended third with 11 percent of the vote and the ODS followed with 8.5 percent.

Both polls showed that the strongest non-parliamentary parties, the Pirates and the Greens, would gain about 3.5 percent of the vote each, thus failing to cross the 5-percent threshold.

Three percent would also go to each of the two splinter groupings that emerged after the split of the opposition Dawn of Direct Democracy Movement and whose common denominator is their opposition to the acceptance of Muslim refugees.

TNS Aisa conducted the poll on 1200 respondents on August 24-30.

Turnout would be 67 percent, if elections were held now, the poll showed.

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