Drahos Closing in on Zeman in Presidential Election Poll

Prague, Dec 22 (CTK) – The highest share of people or 32 percent would vote for incumbent Czech President Milos Zeman in the presidential election, while 21.5 would support former Academy of Sciences head Jiri Drahos, according to a poll conducted by the CVMM institute and released today.


Businessman and lyricist Michal Horacek would end third in the presidential contest with 10.5 percent.


Turnout would be 69 percent.


The other six presidential candidates would receive from 1 to 4 percent of the vote.


Almost one-quarter of the respondents are undecided which of the candidates they would prefer in the January direct presidential election, the poll shows.


The CVVM voter preferences only include the people who have the right to vote and said they would go to election.


The preferences have not considerably changed since the previous CVVM poll conducted in January.


The December polls by the Kantar TNS and Median agencies for the public Czech Television (CT) showed similar results according to which Zeman would enjoy the highest support of 43.5 percent, followed by Drahos (28.5 percent) and Horacek (11.5 percent).


The first round of the presidential election will be held on January 12-13, 2018. If none of the candidates received an absolute majority of over 50 percent, the second round to which the two most successful candidates from the first round will advance, would be held two weeks later.


The Kantar TNS and Median poll showed that Drahos and Zeman would be supported by 45 percent of voters each.


The CVVM poll was conducted on a sample of 1049 voters over 15 on December 2-17.


Voter preferences of presidential candidates (in percent):


Milos Zeman


Jiri Drahos


Michal Horacek


Marek Hilser


Pavel Fischer


Mirek Topolanek


Vratislav Kulhanek


Petr Hannig


Jiri Hynek


Undecided voters



Source: CVVM