Centre-left parties tied, govt rating down in Delo poll

Ljubljana – Three centre-left parties are very close together in the party rankings behind the ruling Democrats (SDS), who remain at the top in the latest Mediana poll conducted for the newspaper Delo. The voter approval rating for the government has deteriorated.

The ruling Democrats (SDS) enjoy the support of 17.6% of respondents and remain at the top of the party rankings, despite a drop of 0.7 percentage points compared to last month.

The SDS is followed by three closely tied opposition parties – the Social Democrats (SD) at 8.7%, the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) with 8.6% and the Left with 8.4%.

Delo singled out the SD as the losers of the latest poll in its commentary, as the party’s rating is down for the third straight month, losing 4 percentage points in that time.

Meanwhile, the coalition New Slovenia (NSi) gained a percentage point to poll at 5.1%. The opposition Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) and the coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) continued their fall from grace and remain well below 1%.

Compared to September, the share of undecided voters has decreased, from 26.2% to 22.4%. Almost 10% of the respondents said they would not vote for any of the existing parties.

The average grade of government work on a 1-to-5 scale has slightly deteriorated as well, falling from 2.53 to 2.38, with 56.7% of respondents rating its work as negative or very negative.

President Borut Pahor saw the biggest drop in support this month and was overtaken at the top of the list of most popular politicians by Health Minister Janez Poklukar, while parliamentary Speaker Igor Zorčič remains in third place.

The poll was conducted by Mediana between 4 and 7 October and involved 717 respondents.