The Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM) is one of the research departments at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. It is not a private company or agency, but a public research institution, like all the other institutes that are part of the Academy of Sciences.
The work of the Public Opinion Research Centre ties in with a tradition of research established by its precursor, the Institute for Public Opinion Research (IVVM), which was founded in 1946. The main part of the Public Opinion Research Centre’s work is centred on a core research project called ‘Our Society’, and within the frame of that project the centre fields 10 surveys each year focusing on various topics relating to politics (e.g. political party preferences, attitudes towards various political institutions, international relations), economics (e.g. the standard of living, unemployment, how people rate their own jobs), and various aspects of society (e.g. health care, family policy, the living environment, views of foreign nationals). The results of these surveys are then made available to the public free of charge in press releases. Anyone interested in the data from these surveys can access them through the Czech Social Science Data Archive.
All the surveys conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (unless stated otherwise) and whose results are published on this Website are publicly funded. They are covered by the resources of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The Public Opinion Research Centre also conducts contracted surveys, which in most cases are commissioned by public universities, branches and agencies of public administration, non-profit organisations, and so forth. The Public Opinion Research Centre never conducts surveys /commissioned by any political entity, party, movement, or candidate.