How did Czechs vote?

Press conference gave us information about first results of survey that was realized after the elections to the Chamber of Deputies by the Institute of Sociology of Academy of Sciences. Specialized academic post-election survey was never executed and results of other surveys were seldom put together by scientists.Post-election survey was focused on electoral behaviour, its stability and changes over time and its impact on formation of political representation.

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Citizens about voting decision-making and influences which are touching it

Polled citizens arrogate a significant influence on voting decision-making to all inquired factors more often when judging their impact on other people than personally on themselves. Mass media, political beliefs and long-term biases to a political party are most often counted as influential factors on voting decision in case of other people. Political beliefs, pre-electoral party platforms and long-term biases to a political party are most often evaluated as important in case of personal voting decision of polled individuals.

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Opinions of Czech public on some aspects of this year's elections

47 % of polled citizens see platforms of political parties as quite different; two fifths (41 %) think that they are not much different. 38 % of Czechs accept the negative campaign bent on political rivals, 53 % disapprove such a campaign. Only one quarter of citizens thinks that newly elected MPs will represent interests of their voters properly. 50 % of respondents believed that the upcoming elections can make significant changes, 39 % expressed the opposite stance.

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Public evaluation of election campaign

In May survey we asked respondents about their opinion of current election campaign. A half of respondents dislike current election campaign (answers I definitely dislike and I rather dislike), almost a third of respondents does not watch election campaign and 15 % of people said they like it. (answers I definitely like and I rather like).

Respondents also talked about their attitude to election campaign of some Parties.

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Czech public and election campaign

In May survey we asked respondents some questions to investigate how they evaluate

current election campaign, whether they are interested in pre-elect situation and whether think that they are well informed about pre-election events.

Survey showed us that election campaign is watched by 40 % of people (answers :I definitely watch (7 %)+ I rather watch(33 %)); two thirds of respondents are not interested in it at all: 40 % of respondents told our questioners that they do not watch it (rather) and 20% of czech citizens said they do not watch (definitely) election campaign.

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Public opinion on importance of public participation in the oncoming elections to Chamber of Deputies

Three quarters of Czech citizens suppose public participation in June elections to Chamber of Deputies to be important, on contrary 17 % of respondents expressed their distrust to importance of electoral participation. Among most frequent arguments supporting importance of electoral participation there are suggestions that voting is a chance to express sb. opinion and public will and that elections will influence future political progress and development of society.

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Image of political Parties

As a part of April survey realized by CVVM there was a question how citizens perceive 4 long-lasting strong political Parties and Greens. We chose some criterions that represented both concrete programme aspects and general characteristics of their activity at political scene.

When evaluating political Parties respondents mostly agreed with statement „the Party is only interested in gaining the power“ when talking about parliamentary parties - it was positively answered by 60 – 72 % of respondents and and statement that Greens are only interested in gaining power – it was agreed by 46% respondents.

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Party Preferences in April 2006

All respondents having the right to vote were asked an open question (i.e. without a list of political parties being used) investigating which party they would vote for if an election to the Chamber of Deputies took place the following week. The structure of the answers given is summarised in the table (in %).

The question ‘Imagine that an election to the Chamber of Deputies is held next week.

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Party Preferences in March 2006

All respondents having the right to vote were asked an open question (i.e. without a list of political parties being used) investigating which party they would vote for if an election to the Chamber of Deputies took place the following week. The structure of the answers given is summarised in the table (in %).

The question ‘Imagine that an election to the Chamber of Deputies is held next week.

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