Position of parties on a right-left scale

As regards the political parties represented in the Chamber of Deputies, citizens classify them from the left to the right as follows: Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM), Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), Christian and Democratic Union–Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-CSL), Freedom Union-Democratic Union (US-DEU), Civil Democratic Party (ODS), with the last three parties lying in the right half of the used scale.

The distances between adjacent parties in the right half of the spectrum are smaller than the distance between the KSCM and the CSSD or between the CSSD and the KDU-CSL. The self-classification of supporters of individual parties from the left to the right corresponds with the classification of the parties, however their position in the spectrum somewhat differs from the position of the parties. Compared to the position of their preferred party, voters of the KSCM, CSSD, KDU-CSL generally classify themselves as more rightist. On the other hand, voters of the ODS generally classify themselves as slightly more leftist, compared to the overall average classification of the party. On the right-left scale, this makes the gap between supporters of the most distant parties – the ODS and the KSCM – slightly smaller than the gap resulting from the average classification of these parties.