Ljubljana – The voter approval rating for the government has improved to the highest level since November 2020 in the latest Delo poll, which also shows a third of respondents undecided or unhappy about the given choice of parliamentary parties.
The poll was conducted on the presumption that the election were held this Sunday and featured only the parties that won at least 1% in the previous election.
Among those parties, the ruling Democrats (SDS) continue to be the preferred choice, polling at 18.4%, down half a percentage point from a month ago.
The opposition Social Democrats (SD) in second lost 1 point to (10.7%) and the Left slipped back 0.6 points to 7.6%, as the Marjan Šarec List (LMŠ) clawed back 1.3 points after two months of losses to poll at 6.1%.
Another opposition party, the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB), and the junior coalition New Slovenia (NSi) trail in fifth and sixth at 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively, after each lost a point.
The poorest among parliamentary parties are the showings of the opposition National Party (SNS) and Pensioners’ Party (DeSUS) at 1.4% and 1%, respectively, and the junior coalition Concretely, formerly the SMC, at 0.8%.
More than one out of five respondents (20.9%) is undecided as the proportion of those who are not happy with any of the parties nearly doubled from the month ago to just below 12%.
The voter approval rating for the government has been up after hitting an all time low in November 2021 to reach an average of 2.58 on a scale of 1 to 5, the highest score since November 2020.
Meanwhile, President Borut Pahor caught up with Health Minister Janez Poklukar to join him on top of the list of the most popular politicians. Parliamentary Speaker Igor Zorčič continues in third.
Foreign Minister Anže Logar and Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj are tied in fourth ahead of Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec and Defence Minister Matej Tonin. Prime Minister Janez Janša is 11th.
The survey was carried out by Mediana between 3 and 6 January among 703 respondents.