Danuše Nerudova is the leading candidate for the Czech presidency for the first time, currently polling at 28%, ahead of Andrej Babis (26.5%) and Petr Pavel (23.5%), according to the latest poll from the Median agency released yesterday.
It is an improvement of 13 percent from the October poll.
Support for the other two leading candidates has increased over the past month as well, but not so markedly – opposition leader and former prime minister Babis (ANO) is polling 4.5% higher than in the previous poll, and retired general and former NATO and Czech military official Pavel is up 1%. In the previous Median poll, Pavel was the most popular.
Both Nerudová and Pavel would beat Babiš if the two faced each other off in a second round of the elections.
However, many voters remain undecided. “This is why it is not appropriate to clearly predict which of the candidates will eventually advance to the second round,” said the report from Median.
Danuše Nerudová was born in Brno in 1979 into a family of computer technicians. She is the eldest of four siblings.
Her expertise is in the field of international taxation and tax policy. She has contributed and led numerous projects analyzing the impact of tax harmonization on the Czech Republic or the European Union.
Her research primarily focuses on tax harmonization especially in the field of direct taxation, possibilities of financial sector taxation and on taxes as the revenues of national and EU budgets.
Since 2002, Nerudová has been married to Robert Neruda, lawyer and co-owner of the law firm Havel & Partners.
At the beginning of February 2018, she became the first woman in history to head Mendel University in Brno and at the same time the youngest rector in the Czech Republic. She held the position until the end of January 2022.
The Median poll was conducted in late November and early December on a sample of 1,010 respondents over 18. All candidates who submitted presidential bids were included in the survey.
In order to qualify for the ballot, candidates must gather 50,000 signatures from citizens, or the support of twenty Deputies or ten Senators.
The candidates must file their applications and signatures 66 days before the election, following which the Interior Ministry will verify a sample of the signatures.