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Support for Czech Republic’s Pirate Party on the rise

Prague, Czech Republic – According to a poll conducted by the Kantar CZ agency for Czech Television, the ruling ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babis still boasts the largest support (33%) among the population, well ahead of the Pirate Party and other opposition movements.

The Czech Pirates would have come in second at 19%, cementing its place as the main opposition party, well ahead of the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS), who would have completed the podium at 13.5%.

Founded a decade ago, the Czech Pirate Party only rose to the front scene of Czech politics in recent years, coming in third in the 2017 legislative elections with more than 10% of the votes and sending 22 MP’s in the Czech lower house of Parliament.

Czech Pirates also came out as strong winners of the 2018 municipal elections. Part of the governing coalition in most of the major cities, including Prague (where Pirate Zdenek Hrib became mayor) and Brno, the Czech Pirate Party enjoys high visibility and significant mayoral platforms to push and promote its agenda ahead of the next national elections and strong support in urban areas. Previous polls only credited the Pirate Party with 10-15% of the votes.

Ivan Bartoš, the chairman of the Pirates Party, is the second most trusted politician in the country, according to a STEM poll released late last year, behind Prime Minister and ANO leader Andrej Babis, who remains the most popular politician despite his numerous judicial worries. Far-right SPD chairman Tomio Okamura takes the third spot, with a 36% favourability rate.

The left-wing Social Democrats (CSSD), who received a beating in the last general elections but are part of the governing coalition, are credited with only 6.5%, one percentage point ahead of the Communist party (5.5%) and the far-right Freedom and Democracy party (SPD) of Tomio Okamura, who was recently faced with a string of resignations amid allegations of neo-Nazi members.

According to the Kantar CZ poll, both TOP 09 and Mayors and Independents would have failed to pass the 5% threshold to send MP’s to the Chamber of Deputies if elections were held this month.

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