The Reform of Public Funds as Viewed by the General Public

Some measures aimed at the elimination of tax evasion or other forms of economic crime such as alcohol stamps (71%) and the ban on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes in market places (68%), property assessment (59%) and the ban on payments in cash from a particular amount and higher (51%) and the introduction of cash registers (58%) enjoy a relatively strong or strongly prevailing support. As far as the changes in the tax rates are concerned, the general public would not object if the duty on cigarettes (66% for) or alcohol (63% for) were to be increased.

But, it is not the same for petrol when almost four fifths (79%) are against. Another very unpopular measure is the transfer of some goods and services from the lower to the standard rate of VAT (80% against, only 9% for). Respondents gave considerably high support (70%) to decreasing tax on the transfer of real estate which strongly contrasts with the unwelcome attitude of respondents to decreasing rates of profit taxes of companies, the support to which was expressed by only 39% were in favour whilst 30% were against. Unanimously negative response was provided to proposed restrictions in the social sphere or to steps connected with negative social impact on wider groups of the population. A majority of people refuse decreased sick leave payments in the first two weeks of sick leave (79%), increasing the retirement age (77%), permanent decrease in pension in the case of early retirement (65%), as well as increasing the financial participation of patients over the compulsory health insurance payments (76%) or the introduction of fees at universities (67%).