Slovenia: Ruling SDS still the strongest party in the country

Slovenia: Ruling SDS still the strongest party in the country

The ruling Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) continues to lead the field in the latest poll commissioned by the newspaper Delo, but has lost ground for the second month in a row. The LMŠ party of ex-PM Marjan Šarec and the DeSUS party of the aspiring PM-designate Karl Erjavec have likewise slipped back amid growing voter discontent.

The SDS polled at 13.7%, down 3.2 percentage points from December. Party leader PM Janez Janša saw the biggest improvement in voter approval, climbing two spots to 16th on the list of the most popular politicians.

The opposition Left rose second among parties, despite gaining just 0.2 points to 9.6%, as the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) lost 2.6 points to 7.5% to fall from second to fourth place. The Social Democrats (SD) are third having gained 0.8 points to a total of 8.5%, after losing four points the month before.

The Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS), which quit the Janša government in December and whose leader Erjavec is now heading the bid for the cabinet’s replacement, lost 1.5 points to 2.1%.

Delo comments that the results do not augur well for the planned vote of no-confidence, in particular as Erjavec himself fell to the bottom of the popularity ranking of political figures.

The coalition New Slovenia (NSi) ranks fifth among parties at 4.8%, down 0.3 points, followed by the opposition Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB) on 3.1%, which is on a par with last month. The coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) rank 13th at 1.1%.

The ruling parties’ combined percentage amounts to 21.7% including DeSUS, or 19.6% excluding DeSUS, while the centre-left bloc garners 30.8% with DeSUS and 28.7% without it.

However, 22.5% of those questioned were undecided, up from 18.7% in December; meanwhile, 13.3% or 1.2 points more compared to one month ago would not vote for any of the parties on offer.

Voter approval rating for the government remains low, with 53.1% assessing its job negatively against 20.6% who assess it positively and 24.9% who gave it an average mark for a combined score of 2.45 on the scale of one to five, compared to 2.44 one month ago.

President Borut Pahor continues to lead the list of the most popular political figures ahead of Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec and Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj, both of whom are members of the NSi.

The poll was conducted by Mediana among 709 respondents between 4 and 7 January. /ibna