This follows from a November survey by the Ipsos agency for Denník N. The current president Zuzana Čaputová (50) is no longer running for a second term.
In the decisive second round, Pellegrini would defeat ex-foreign minister Ivan Korčok (59). 40 percent of respondents would vote for the chairman of Hlas, while Korčok would receive the support of 26 percent of respondents. 18 percent of voters are undecided, and 16 percent of people would not go to the polls.
Pellegrini’s position was strengthened by Hlas’s third place in the recent parliamentary elections. Hlas won almost 15 percent of the vote and entered a coalition with Robert Fico’s winning Direction-Social Democracy party and Andrej Danko’s Slovak National Party and became the Speaker of the Parliament. “Pellegrini is acceptable to the majority of Hlas and Směr voters, he can draw partial support in almost all other electorates,” said the director of the Ipsos agency Jakub Hankovský.
It has support mainly in the Prešov, Košice and Nitran regions, Korčok has a strong position in the Bratislava, Trnava and Trenčín regions.
Pellegrini (48) confirmed this week that he is considering the candidacy. Korčok announced on Tuesday that he has enough signatures to run. Zuzana Čaputová’s mandate ends on June 15, 2024.