Citizens about electoral method, competence and position of the president of the republic

We asked all the respondents about which electoral method is, according to their point of view, the most suitable for the Czech Republic. The Czech public in general and also all the important subgroups of the population agree that the president of the republic should be elected by all voters. This electoral method was in total favoured by 57 % interviewees. The current electoral method (president elected by the Parliament) is considered the most suitable by one fifth of the respondents (20 %) and 12 % view as optimal the method of election by a wider group of electors.

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Politicians’ popularity

Regularly quarterly we ask respondents about selected political personalities. Today’s list contains 23 names of politicians selected according to a long-term monitoring process and the current socio-political situation. The list features all members of the government, president and chairmen of Senate and Chamber of Deputies. At the top of the list we can find Stanislav Gross (trusted by 68% of the respondents).

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Confidence in constitutional institutions

Within its regular survey, the Public Opinion Research Centre again focused on the level of the public’s confidence in individual constitutional institutions. The president is trusted by 51% and not trusted by 47%. In comparison with the previous survey, the level of public confidence in the head of the state has not experienced any significant developments. The government is trusted by 41% and not trusted by 56% of the respondents.

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Confidence in constitutional institutions

Confidence in the army (56%) and courts (41%) has reached its historical maximum, however, in the case of media (57%) the level of public confidence is at its historical minimum. The police is trusted by 53%, Constitutional court by 51%, churches by 34%, banks by 33%, trade unions by 29% of the respondents. Political parties enjoy confidence of only 12% of the respondents, 79% regard them...

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How people trust selected public life institutions

Confidence in the army (56%) and courts (41%) has reached its historical maximum, however, in the case of media (57%) the level of public confidence is at its historical minimum. The police is trusted by 53%, Constitutional court by 51%, churches by 34%, banks by 33%, trade unions by 29% of the respondents. Political parties enjoy confidence of only 12% of the respondents, 79% regard them as untrustworthy.

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Confidence in constitutional institutions

In comparison with the last year and even more significantly to the year 1999 virtually all the monitored subjects achieved a relatively distinct improvement of their evaluation (with the exception of ODS and media, whose resulting ”mark” has been worse than in 2001). Nevertheless, the public’s view on most of the monitored institutions still remains less positive than it was in 1998...

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International survey: evaluation of government and parliamentary opposition activities in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania

It is obvious that in most of the countries the activities of the government is viewed positively. Critical views prevail only in Slovakia and Bulgaria (there, only 11,3 % of citizens hold positive opinions, which is the lowest rate in all the monitored countries). On the contrary, the government’s activities are viewed most positively in Romania (61,9 %). As far as the Czech Republic is concerned, Zeman’s cabinet is viewed positively by 45,2 % and negatively by 41,7 % of the respondents.

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Parties and selected institutions activities evaluation

In comparison with the last year and even more significantly to the year 1999 virtually all the monitored subjects achieved a relatively distinct improvement of their evaluation (with the exception of ODS and media, whose resulting ”mark” has been worse than in 2001). Nevertheless, the public’s view on most of the monitored institutions still remains less positive than it was in 1998 and in particular in 1996.

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Politicians’ popularity

From the leaders of the parties represented in the Parliament of the Czech Republic the highest level of public confidence was achieved by V. Špidla (57%). He is followed by Svoboda (37%), Marvanová (35%), Klaus (31%), Grebeníček (16%) and Žantovský (13%). Among party leaders people most often concurrently trust V. Špidla and C. Svoboda (26%). The top position remains in the hands of Stanislav Gross (trusted by 72% of the respondents), who is followed by Petra Buzková (65%).

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How to judge politicians?

According to most of the respondents (63%) the morale of the politicians should be viewed more strictly than the morale of other citizens. More people think that politicians should be also judged by their private lives.

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