Freedom Movement remains ahead of SDS in latest poll despite dip

Ljubljana – The Freedom Movement, a new party headed by former energy exec Robert Golob, remains in the lead ahead of the ruling Democrats (SDS) in the latest poll by the pollster Ninamedia, as both top contenders lost some ground compared to the same poll two weeks ago.

The Freedom Movement lost almost three percentage points to 21.2%, with the SDS down almost two points to 19.1%, according to results released on Saturday.

The Social Democrats (SD) in third place saw the biggest swing in the positive direction, adding almost two points to 9.9% to place two points ahead of the Left, which added 0.4 points.

Four more parties would clear the threshold to enter parliament: the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ), which lost more than a point to 5.5%, the New Slovenia (NSi), which was down more than half a point to 4.2%, the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), which was flat at 3.4%, and the Connecting Slovenia alliance, which slipped a bit to 3.4%.

The results include only respondents who said they would go to the polls. They were given a pre-determined selection of parties to chose from.

The poll was commissioned by the newspapers Dnevnik, Večer, Svet24 and Primorske Novice and was carried out by telephone between 21 and 23 February among 1,050 respondents.