Confidence in top politicians

In May survey, the Public Opinion Research Centre investigated whether the respondents confide in selected constitutional bodies. This time the submitted list included the names of 21 politicians (all members of the government, president, ombudsman, chairmen of Senate and Chamber of Deputies).

Now it is president Václav Klaus, who is viewed as the most trustworthy person among our top politicians. He enjoys confidence of seven out of ten respondents.

Stanislav Gross is trusted by 55 % of Czech citizens. The third most trustworthy person was the ombudsman Otakar Motejl, trusted by 50 % of the respondents. He is followed by minister Petra Buzková, who enjoys confidence of almost a half of the respondents. Minister Dostál is trusted by approximately two fifths of citizens. About a third of the interviewees confides in minister Svoboda and Senate chairman Pithart.

In comparison with the results from January 2004 there was a rather significant rise of confidence only in the case of ministers Němec (+5 % points) and Sobotka (+4). On the contrary, a more significant drop in public confidence appeared in the case of prime minister Špidla (- 6% points), Interior minister Gross (-5 % points) and ombudsman Motejl (-4). An important rise in non-confidence appeared in the case of ministers Sobotka and Palas (accordingly + 10 % points), Pavel Němec (+8) and prime minister Špidla and Chamber of Deputies chairman Zaorálek (accordingly + 6 % points). A substantial part of the respondents (28 to 44 %) did not know numerous members of the government, namely ministers Ambrozek, Kubinyi, Šimonovský, Palas, Kostelka, Urban, Němec and Čermák.