Final Word from Thursday, January 16, 2020

It's only one political poll, but the latest survey by STEMshows that the Czech illiberal right is dying fast and, at the current rate, could cease to be a viable force within weeks. The two conservative parties in Parliament not considered democratic by most of the mainstream media, Tomio Okamura's SPD and Václav Klaus Jr.'s Tricolor, lost 6.0% of their combined support in Nov., according to STEM, and another 44.5% in Dec., for a two-month decline of 47.9%. Tricolor lost 88.1% of its voters over this period and now has a rating of 0.5%. SPD is at a two-year low of 5.6%. STEM's only explanation is that SPD had no strong protest topic and that Tricolor's position is weak. We see three main possible reasons for the 47.9% drop. First, the illiberal right is indeed on its deathbed. Second, STEM's polling data are flawed. Third, STEM's data are intentionally flawed. STEM's management, which includes political commentator Jindřich Šídlo, might have hit on something really big. Or maybe not. [ Czech Republic undemocratic self-declared ]

Glossary of difficult words

deathbed - the bed where someone is dying or has died; used in reference to the time when someone is dying or died;

flawed - having or characterized by a fundamental weakness or imperfection;

to hit on something - to discover or think of something, esp. by chance.

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