As part of a periodical survey conducted by the CVVM from August to September 2023, selected citizens over the age of 15 were surveyed about their opinions regarding the inclusive education. Specifically, we examined views of the Czech public on whether children with physical, sensory or mental disabilities, children of foreign nationality, Roma children, children from poor or vice versa wealthy families and gifted children should be educated in mainstream classes. We also examined attitudes to measures implemented by an amendment to the Education Act and to currently proposed measures.
Czech citizens most often support measures regarding the preschool education. On the other hand, the least popular measure is a proposal to extend compulsory education to 10 years which is supported by less than a third (33 %).
In its regular survey the Public Opinion Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, examined the Czech public’s attitudes and opinions on the issue of food waste. More than a half (52%) of the respondents consider food waste to be a big problem, more than two-fifths (42%) think food waste is not right, but there are more urgent problems that need to be solved and only twentieth (5%) of the Czech public does not consider food waste to be a big problem in society.
In the survey, which was conducted from the beginning of September to the beginning of November 2022, the CVVM asked a battery of questions examining the attitudes of Czech citizens towards the measures introduced by the amendment to the Czech Education Act. The measures approved by the amendment to the Czech Education Act relating to pre-school education are widely supported by the public. Less than three-fifths (58%) of respondents are against compulsory mathematics graduation, while more than one-third (35%) are in favour. The attitude of the Czech population towards the payment of tuition fees at public universities has long been negative (more than two-thirds are against) and has remained almost unchanged over time.
Within the framework of the special research ‘Food 2022’, the Public Opinion Research Centre surveyed the attitudes of the Czech public towards food waste. Respondents were presented with 22 statements related to different dimensions of food waste and asked to decide on a five-point scale to what extent they agree or disagree with them.
Respondents most frequently (82%) agreed with the statement "during food preparation I take care to use everything possible". More than three-fifths (62%) of people agreed with the statement, "I have a bad conscience when I waste food". For two-thirds (66%), the appearance or smell of a particular food item is the deciding factor in whether or not to throw it away.
The Public Opinion Research Centre’s special ‘Food 2022’ survey contained several questions about environmentally friendly behaviours that relate to what foods people buy and what they eat. The most important factor the Czech public considers when shopping for food is price, followed by a food’s ingredients, while the least important factor is the food’s packaging. Almost three-fifths (58%) of respondents at least sometimes sort organic waste. The most commonly used methods are composting in the garden and brown bins (called composters).
The CVVM SOÚ AV ČR included several questions about the Czech Federation of Food Banks in the special survey Food 2022.
A majority (51%) of the Czech public has never heard of the Czech Federation of Food Banks. The remaining 49% of respondents have heard of the Czech Federation of Food Banks, but only 6% of them know what it does well, 28% know roughly and 15% do not know what it does.
In a special study called Food 2022, CVVM SOÚ AV ČR asked for the opinions and attitudes of the Czech public on the issue of food wasting. One part was focused on the purchase of imperfect fruits and vegetables.
If there were imperfect and perfectly shaped pieces of fruits and vegetables placed next to each other, 65% of the respondents would chose the perfect one, provided they had the same price.
In its special ‘Food 2022’ survey the Public Opinion Research Centre at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences, examined the Czech public’s attitudes and opinions on the issue of food waste.
Almost half (47%) of the respondents consider food waste to be a big problem, more than two-fifths (44%) think food waste is not right, but there are more urgent problems that need to be solved and only less than one-tenth (9%) of the Czech public does not consider food waste to be a big problem in society.
The special survey Food 2022 conducted by the CVVM SOÚ AV ČR included a block of questions focusing on the Czech public's familiarity with the terms "Best before" and "Use by". The majority (73%) of the Czech public correctly use the term "Use by...", whereas the meaning of "Best before" life is less clear and almost half (47%) of the citizens attribute the same meaning to it as to "Use by".
A large part of the special ‘Food 2021’ survey focused on the topic of food self-provisioning and growing food in the garden. Three-fifths (59%) of people at least sometimes prepare preserves at home and around one-third (35%) of people at least sometimes bake their own bread at home. Almost one-half (49%) of people grow food in their garden, and 6% do so in their flat or on their balcony.
One-half (50%) of people regularly work, i.e. at least once a month, in a garden or allotment (in season), 29% forage for mushrooms, wild berries, or herbs, and 19% raise livestock.
More than two-fifths (42%) of respondents believe that there has been no change in their household’s food self-provisioning in the present compared to ten years ago.