In relation to so-called "eight" anniversaries were conducted public opinion reseraches in The Czech republic and in Slovakia focusing on how citizens view these historical events and individual historical figures . The press release contains selected research results aimed at comparing the Czech and Slovak view.
In April 2018 Public Opinion Research Centre included a block of questions connected to decision making of politicians. Czech public evaluated the level of influence of chosen areas and institutions on decisions of Czech politicians.
In the April survey CVVM enquired how strictly according to public should be judged morality of politicians and what criteria should be considered in their deliberations. CVVM also focused on attitudes of Czech citizens to disputes, problems and affairs which appear in our political and public life. In this case, respondents were presented with a list of statements with which they expressed their agreement or disagreement.
This year it will be a hundred years from the founding of Czechoslovakia in October 1918. Simultaneously it will be fifty years since the events of so-called Prague Spring 1968, it has just passed the 70th anniversary of February 1948 communist coup, and in September it will be eighty years since the signature of so-called Munich Agreement. In relation to these anniversaries Public Opinion Research Centre conducted a survey focused on these events, their acteurs, and their evaluation by Czech public.
Part of Public Opinion Research Centre survey in February were several questions concerning respondents' opinions on the functioning of democracy in the Czech Republic, the general attitudes towards democracy and respect for human rights in our country.
In February 2018, the Public Opinion Research Centre focused on interest of Czech citizens in politics generally, politics of the Czech Republic and European Union and worldwide politics, and also examined views on the involvement of citizens in decision-making processes.
58% of Czechs are interested in domestic politics, 47% are interested in politics generally, 40% are interested in worldwide politics, and 35% are interested in EU politics. Citizens should make decisions on important local issues. This view is supported by 81% of interviewed. On the other hand, decisions on important laws and international treaties should be made by elected politicians. This view is supported by 75% of citizens in the case of laws and 82% in the case of international treaties.
In its regular February survey the Public Opinion Research Centre further examined whether people think that politicians are interested in the views of citizens, and whether in the opinion of the Czech public, people have certain opportunities to influence the public sphere.