April 21, 2010 / 12:17 PM / 7 years ago

Czech poll shows left ahead, small parties gain

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PRAGUE, April 21 (Reuters) - The main Czech leftist party, the Social Democrats (CSSD), slightly widened its lead ahead of the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS), but gains to small parties kept the outline of the next government uncertain, a poll showed on Wednesday.

The poll by the CVVM agency showed support for the CSSD dipped 2 percentage points from a month ago to 30 percent, while backing for the ODS fell 3 points to 22.5 percent.

Small centre and right-wing parties, the TOP09 and Public Affairs (VV), gained ground, putting the combined centre-right vote at 43 percent, same as the combined vote for the CSSD and the far-left Communists.

Under the Czech voting system, seats are distributed in 14 regions, which can be a disadvantage to small parties. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka)

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