Czech presidential race will be won by Zeman or Drahos – polls
Prague, Jan 7 (CTK) – The incumbent President Milos Zeman or former Science Academy chairman Jiri Drahos will become the new Czech president, according to voter preferences as showed by public opinion polls ahead of the January 12-13 first round of the direct presidential election involving nine candidates.
The third most preferred candidate is Michal Horacek, a lyricist and entrepreneur, it ensues from the polls various agencies have released since October.
The polls’ results can be published until Monday. As of Tuesday, a moratorium on their release starts to last until after the election.
All December public opinion polls indicated Zeman’s victory in the first round with the election gain of one third to two fifths of the vote, while Drahos, the probable runner-up, is expected to gain one fifth to one third of the vote.
Out of the other candidates, only Horacek might reach a two-digit result, the polls showed.
According to a poll conducted by the STEM agency and released by TV Nova today, Zeman would gain 45.5 percent of the vote in the first round now, followed by Drahos with 27.2 percent and Horacek with 10.3 percent.
Out of the other candidates, only former ambassador Pavel Fischer’s and former PM Mirek Topolanek’s gains would cross 5 percent, according to STEM.
A model encompassing not only public opinion polls but also betting odds as set by betting agencies shows Zeman as a slight favourite in the possible runoff battle two weeks later.
The runoff vote would decide between the first round’s two most successful candidates, if none of them crossed 50 percent and were elected directly in the first round.
According to this model, the probability of Zeman’s re-election oscillates around 46 percent, compared with a 45-percent probability of Drahos’s victory in the runoff.
Apart from Zeman, Drahos, Horacek, Fischer and Topolanek, the remaining four candidates are doctor and activist Marek Hilser, musician and businessman Petr Hannig, Defence and Security Industry Association head Jiri Hynek and former Skoda Auto head Vratislav Kulhanek.
CVVM and Sanep polls (in percent):
|CVVM September 2017||CVVM October 2017||Sanep November 2017||CVVM December 2017|
STEM/MARK polls (in percent)
|November – “definitely yes” and “probably yes” answers||November – “probably no” and definitely no” answers||December – “definitely yes” and “probably yes” answers||December – “probably no” and “definitely no” answers|
Polls Kantar TNS and Median agencies released to Czech Television (in percent):
|November model||November potential||December model||December potential|
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