Public opinion on the process of Czechoslovakia break-up and relationship between Czechs and Slovaks

A December 2007 poll „Our Society“ showed that Czechs are proud of the peaceful Czechoslovakia break-up. But the public opinion is divided, whether this peaceful process was unique, or it was just a common way how to solve the problems in our political and geographic space: 45 % of Czechs say the peaceful break-up was unique, 39 % think it is a common way of solving problems.

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General and political stances and left-right political orientation of the Czech population

Monitoring public stances on certain general and political issues is commonly included in researches of public opinion. The array of questions included in the October survey of the Public Opinion Research Centre focused primarily on general economic issues, selected aspects of social security and personal responsibility, and on the issue of freedom. The results reveal that, inter alia, the Czech public strongly prefers the maximisation of freedoms and the concept of a state that protects the freedoms and rights of its citizens in the event of their violation to a state that pre-emptively limits their rights and freedoms.

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Trust To Some Public Institutions

As a part of March CVVM survey there was a question investigating citizens' trust to Courts, Police, Army, Media, Labour Unions and Churches. The press information covers also a longterm development of trust to these public institutions since 1993.

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Urgency of solution of some problems

The most urgent problem is supposed to be corruption closely followed by health care and economic criminality. Common criminality, unemployment, social security and functioning of economy are other areas which are considered by majority of public to be very urgent to deal with.

 

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Public opinion on some legislative changes

In January survey the interviewers of the Centre for Public Opinion Research questioned respondents about their attitude to some concrete legislative changes that were introduced from 1 January 2007. At least eight out of ten people agree with pension increase (91 %), special care benefit (90 %), right to expel the attacker from home (89 %), children benefit increase (86 %), parental benefit (86 %), TV commercial time cut (86 %), new social benefit – „immediate help“ (80 %), birth grant increase (80 %), minimum wages increase (84 %).

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Security Risks for the Czech Republic in the Public Opinion View

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...

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Confidence in selected institutions in the Czech Republic and other countries of Visegrad Group

As a part of December public opinion survey made by CVVM there was a question investigating confidence in selected public institutions. Media (radio 70 %, TV 64 %, press 57 % - number of answers definitely trust and rather trust) and Army (63 %) enjoy the highest level of trust expressed by Czechs. More than a half of respondents trust to Justice (51 % of trustees). The number of those who trust in other institutions is lower than number of those who express their distrust into these institutions.

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Relationship with Slovakia

As a part of November survey there were also some questions focused on respondents´ attitude to the division of Czechoslovakia and following establishment of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic on 1. January 1993 and to relationships between citizens from those republics. Only a quarter of respondents (25 %) agreed with division of Czechoslovakia 13 years ago on contrary more than a half of respondents (56 %) did not agreed with it.

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Confidence in the Social Institutions

In September survey made by CVVM SOÚ AV ČR was put, among others, the question on the confidence in the social institutions. The social institutions are in this case represented by the court of law, police, army, press, TV, radio, labour union and Church. From the responses, it is possible to see the positive evaluation of media that prevails over the negative evaluation. The trust in the army was expressed by more than 60% of respondents, whereas the trust in the police was formulated by less than 50% respondents.

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Left-right political orientation and ideas about the most acceptable political platform and opinions on the role of the state

As a part of November survey there was a question about position of czech public in the left-right political spectrum.

One can see that in the left-right political spectrum, the czech population is divided in a way that corresponds with most patterns in the population. The most of people represents average figures (20 %) and their number is slowly decreasing towards the edges. Only 3 % of respondents place themselves to both extreme categories.

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