Zeman Would Get 41.5%, Drahoš 31 % in Vote for President

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President Zeman would gain 41.5 percent of the vote if the election were held now, followed by former Science Academy head Jiri Drahoš with 30.5 percent, lyricist Michal Horáček with 16.5 percent, and former prime minister Mirek Topolánek on 4 percent, according to a poll released by Czech Television.

"Zeman is prevailingly supported by elderly voters, mainly those over 60, and by voters in the countryside and small towns, and also by those with lower education. Just the opposite goes for Drahoš," TNS Kantar's analyst Pavel Ranoch said.

The poll suggests Mr. Zeman would come first among supporters of ANO, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists. Mr. Drahoš is favoured by voters of TOP 09, the Mayors and Independents, the Civic Democrats and – by a slim margin – Mr. Zeman’s former Social Democrats.

On the other hand, Zeman is viewed as unacceptable by 45 percent, Drahoš by 15 percent and Horáček by 37 percent of Czechs, the poll showed. From this point of view, the election potential of Topolanek is the worst of all, as 73 percent of the respondents called him unacceptable.

The poll was conducted on 1,500 people on November 11-15.

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