Citizen's Views on Drugs

The survey of May touched briefly the issue of drugs and their use in the Czech Republic. People were asked whether and how much they perceive the current situation regarding drug use to be a problem in the Czech Republic as a country, and specifically in their place of residence. Furthermore, the survey investigated whether institutions in the Czech Republic deal with the drug problem adequately, inadequately or excessively in the view of the public.

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Sense of security and satisfaction with the activities of the police

In December survey of CVVM addressed citizens answered questions about the sense of security and satisfaction with the activities of the police.

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Public Attitude to Death Penalty

In May survey Centre for Public Opinion Research SOÚ AV ČR, v.v.i., asked respondents about their attitude to death penalty. As a part of this press information the answers of respondents are sorted according to socio-demographic indicators a there is also time comparison with results from previous results, because this question has been a part of continual CVVM surveys since 1992.

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Citizen's Views of Drug Addiction

In its May survey CVVM explored some attitudes of Czechs related to drug addiction problem.

 

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Public opinion on the consumption of addictive substances

In May 2009 CVVM investigated on public attitudes towards drugs. The most tolerated was coffee (96 % said that at least irregular consumption is acceptable) followed by alcohol (93 %) and tobacco (72 %). Marihuana was marked as an acceptable just by 18 % of respondents followed by ecstasy (6 %), pervitin (3 %) and heroin (2 %).

The majority of respondents claimed not just production and distribution of drugs but also consumption to be prosecuted (83 % for consumption of hard drugs and 65 % for soft drugs).

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Public Attitude to Death Penalty

In May survey Centre for Public Opinion Research SOÚ AV ČR, v.v.i., asked respondents about their attitude to death penalty. As a part of this press information the answers of respondents are sorted according to socio-demographic indicators a there is also time comparison with results from previous results, because this question has been a part of continual CVVM surveys since 1992.

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Public opinion on fears of imprisonment

In march 2008 CVVM posed a few questions on potential fears of imprisonment. Informants were asked to estimate how much money they would be willing to pay to avoid being imprisoned for one year due to an accident (all in a case that this would be legal). Over 70 % says that they would be willing to pay up to 100 000,- Kc or even less (approximately 4 000 Euro). Only 20 % of informants were willing to pay more than 100 000 Kc.

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Public opinion on chosen causes of criminal behavior

Another question on the prision system topic, posed in march 2008 CVVM survey concern on the causes of crime. As a major factors influencing criminal behavior were chosen tendency to agressive behavior (82 % mark it as a „fundamental“ or „important“) and reluctance to work (81 %). Followed by mental disorder (40 %), race and nationality (30 %) and exaggerated ambitions (30 %). Another possibilities was low education (26 %), region (19 %), low parent‘s education (17 %), lack of talent (14 %), to be from poor familly (13 %), being agnostic (13 %), and gender (10 %).

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Public opinion on imprisonment

In march 2008 CVVM focused on prision system. Informants were asked to decide which facilities should be availiable for prisioners. People are willing to allow medical service (95 % agree on that it should be availiable for all prisioners), 92 % have the same opinion on clean clothes, 83 % agree on books for all (additional 14 % only for minor offenses) and 72 % thought that cooked meal should be accessible for each prisioner (18 % minor offenses).

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Police Activity And Citizens' Safety In View Of Public

Two thirds of Czech citizens feel safe in the Czech Republic and more than three quarters feel safe at the place they live. 55 % of people are satisfied with Police care of Public order and citizens' safety at place they live, on contrary 39 % are dissatisfied with it. Police activity in the whole Czech Republic was positively evaluated by 40 % of Czech citizens and 54 % expressed their dissatisfaction with it.

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