The unsuccessful search for a new economy minister, the government’s conflicts with trade unions and controversial government staffing – these are some of the reasons for the massive drop in support for the current government. The Vox Populi opinion poll, carried out by the Ninamedia agency for the POP TV channel and Dnevnik newspaper, reveals that 70,4% of those surveyed are unsatisfied with the government’s work.
As a consequence, the opposition SDS party has overtaken Miro Cerar’s SMC party only four months after the elections. Since September, the SMC has lost 10 percentage points of support. If elections were to be held today, the SDS would win the vote, even though their numbers would be the same as in the previous month - 14,5% of the vote. The SMC party would get only 13,8 percent of the votes (18,5% in October).
Other coalition parties have also lost support. The SD Social Democrat party would get only 8,7% of the vote (10,8% in October), the Pensioner’s Party DeSUS would get no more than 5,5% (8,5% in October). With only 4,4% of the vote, the New Slovenia NSi party is also registering a drop in support (6,8% in October). Opinion polls also still register the smallest parliamentary party ZaAB, the Alliance of Alenka Bratušek, which today would get no more than 0,7 percent of the vote (0,5% in October).
The United Left has seen its support rise the most, they would get 8% of the vote (5,2% in October). The party ranks the 4th most popular party in Slovenia. The number of those who decline to vote has also risen. They represent almost a fifth of all the voters – 18,6% (15,8% in October).
The most popular politicians are those from the SD party
The most popular politician is Borut Pahot, the President of Slovenia, followed by the member of the European Parliament, Tanja Fajon. SD president Dejan Židan is ranked third. Violeta Bulc, Miro Cerar, Janez Potočnik, Ljudmila Novak, Lojze Peterle, Violeta Tomič and Karl Erjavec follow the list.
700 respondents took part in the Vox Populi survey, which was conducted between the 18th and 20th of November.
Cerar has put on shoes which are too big
Another opinion poll by the Delo daily reveals that 35% of those surveyed think that PM Miro Cerar has set himself more work than he is capable of doing. This mostly with regards to his search for a new economy minister.
22% of the respondents are convinced that the problems finding minister candidates indicate a general distrust in politics. 17% are of the opinion that these complications are nothing unusual. 13% have answered that Cerar simply hasn’t had any luck.
31% of the respondents think that the fact that Slovenia has no economy minister is a very big problem, while 36% think this is a big problem. 13% of those surveyed say the problem can be coped with, while 6% say it’s just a small problem. For 10% of the respondents this is not a problem at all.
The majority of those surveyed, that is 49%, does not support the idea of joining the ministries for economy and finance. 38% are in favour of the idea.
The Delo opinion poll, which was conducted by Delo Stik, included 401 respondents and was carried out on the 18th and 19th of November.