In August and September 2021, the Public Opinion Research Centre investigated views on the problem of indebtment. We surveyed the opinion on the level of indebtment among the Czech citizens and on the level of indebtment of the Czech state. With regard to these two fields of indebtment, we also asked questions about how serious a problem the current level of indebtment poses to the Czech people.
The Public Opinion Research Centre in its June survey examined how Czech citizens perceive the financial situation of their households. They evaluated whether it is difficult to make ends meet with their earnings, but also talked about attitudinal feeling of poverty.
10% of citizens indicated their household to be rich, whilst 20% considered it to be poor. 70% of respondents regard their household as neither rich nor poor. Problems with current budget of their household were stated by 40% of respondents, on the other hand 58% said they have no problems with budget of the household.
In the June 2021 survey the Public Opinion Research Centre examined two questions related to evaluation of material living conditions of respondent's households, and to expectation of development of these conditions in this year.
A half (51%) of Czechs evaluates material living conditions of their households as good, 39% think they are neither good, nor bad and 10% consider them to be bad.
Two-thirds of respondents (67%) said their household incomes remained the same during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than a quarter (28%) saying they had fallen, of which 8% significantly. In 5% of households, income increased. The resulting findings are practically the same during a pandemic.
In the July survey, the Public opinion Research Centre asked all respondents a series of questions concerning changes in their employment or business in comparison with the period until the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.