The stability of voter preferences shortly before the election

In early June, i.e. a few days before the election, over a half of voters were decided which party to vote for. Less than a fifth of voters (17%) admitted they might change their mind and the same number of respondents (18%) said they were unlikely to vote. Roughly a tenth of respondents did not know. Since this year’s first survey, conducted in late March and early April, there was a gradual increase in the number of the decided, setoff mostly by a drop in the number of those dithering.

The group of voters tending not to participate in elections did not experience any major changes and constituted approximately a fifth of those surveyed. The percentage of decided voters does not differ markedly from the results collected before the elections in 1996 and 1998. The KSCM is viewed by Czech citizens as the most unacceptable party (by 68% of those polled). The party is followed by the ODS (unacceptable for 60% of those polled), while 54% would definitely not vote the Coalition. The best assessment is given to the CSSD, a party seen as unacceptable by only 44% of the electorate.