Ljubljana – The latest public opinion poll measuring how happy locals are with the work of their mayors in Slovenia’s 12 urban municipalities sees Slovenj Gradec Mayor Tilen Klugler receiving the highest mark, followed by Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković and Murska Sobota Mayor Aleksander Jevšek.
In the poll conducted by Ninamedia at the beginning of the year, Klugler received an average mark of 3.94 on a 1-to-5 scale, with 68% of the respondents saying they would vote for him if he stood again for mayor.
Janković’s work received an average mark of 3.80, which is the highest mark for the mayor of the capital in the five annual surveys that have been carried out so far. As many as 62.3% of the respondents said they would vote for him if he stood again.
The worst marks were given to Nova Gorica Mayor Klemen Miklavič, Kranj Mayor Matjaž Rakovec and Maribor Mayor Saša Arsenovič.
Residents of Maribor assessed Arsenovič with an average mark of 3.21, the same mark as last year, with only 38.8% of the respondents saying they would vote for him if he stood for re-election.
At the bottom of the rankings is Miklavič with an average mark of 2.64, which is much lower than in the previous survey.
Koper Mayor Aleš Bržan’s popularity meanwhile improved to an average mark of 3.33, and he would be endorsed by just under half of the respondents if he stood again for the mayor of the coastal city.
The general satisfaction with mayors is slightly lower than last spring and in the spring of 2020, when the pre-election promises were still fresh, Ninamedia noted.
The 2022 Top Mayor survey was carried out between 28 January and 16 February on a sample of 15,843 people.