Polls, stats, trends

Majority satisfied with decision on early elections

A PUBLIC opinion poll carried out by the Polis polling agency from February 19 to February 20 has found that as many as 51.6 percent of 831 respondents aged over 18 are "satisfied" with the government's decision to hold early elections. 39.5 percent see themselves as "happy" about it and 12.1 percent find it "acceptable."

On the other hand, 21.8 percent of respondents totally disagree with the early elections and 7.1 percent are even more dissatisfied. 26.6 percent offered no opinion, SITA news agency wrote.

Slovakia suffered a political crisis after the Christian-Democratic Party left the government to join the opposition. The government agreed at the beginning of February to hold early elections in June.

Eurobarometer: Slovaks not willing to pay more for green energy

43 PERCENT of all EU citizens are interested in finding out more about effective energy use, especially because of its potentially positive impact on their purses, according to a recent EU poll.

However, Slovaks are the least willing to pay more for "green" energy.

According to the Eurobarometer poll, which was published at the end of January, eight out of 10 Europeans look at a new electrical appliance's energy consumption parameters before buying it.

This is especially true when choosing cars or fridges (60 percent of respondents) and light bulbs (43 percent), TASR news agency wrote.

The poll also shows that new EU member states are in general more interested in their appliances' energy consumption than old EU members.

Around 40 percent of respondents from old EU member states said they were willing to pay more for renewable energy sources, but difficult economic conditions and high unemployment in the new EU states creates reluctance.

In Slovakia, for example, as much as 76 percent of people are not willing to pay more for green energy.

EU Poll: Half of Slovaks pessimistic about economy

NEARLY half of all Slovaks are pessimistic about the economic situation in the twelve months following the autumn of 2005, according to the Eurobarometer poll conducted last fall.

Respondents from EU member states were overall more optimistic, as only 39 percent expected the economic situation in their country to worsen, SITA news agency wrote.

On the other hand, 37 percent of Slovaks expect no change in the economy to occur, which was six percent higher than the EU average. The positive expectations response rate in Slovakia is the closest to the EU average, as 17 percent of Slovak respondents expect the economic situation in their country to improve compared to 19 percent of those surveyed in all EU member states.

The poll also displays Slovak respondents' pessimism concerning their personal financial situation. While 21 percent of Slovaks held positive expectations on this question, 35 percent expected their financial situation to worsen. In contrast, only 19 percent of EU respondents expected their financial situation to worsen and 25 percent were optimistic about their financial prospects.

Forty-one percent of Slovaks expected no change, compared to 53 percent of EU respondents.

One in five Slovaks expect improvement in employment

ONE in five Slovaks believes the employment situation in Slovakia will improve in the twelve months following October 2005, according to the results of the Eurobarometer poll conducted at the end of October 2005. However, only 16 percent of those surveyed expect this improvement will apply to them personally. Slovaks' expectations match the overall results, as an average 20 percent of those polled in all EU countries also believe employment in their own country will improve.

Respondents in all EU member states were however more optimistic about their personal employment expectations. Twenty-two percent on average in the EU have positive expectations about their personal position on the labour market in the year following October 2005.

Eurobarometer poll results also indicate that 35 percent of those surveyed in Slovakia believe employment will not change between November 2005 and the end of October 2006, while 39 percent expect the employment situation in Slovakia to worsen.

The poll shows Slovaks as more pessimistic in evaluating the prospects of their personal employment situation than average EU respondents. Fourteen percent of those polled in Slovakia expect their personal employment prospects to deteriorate in the twelve months following October 2005, in contrast to only nine percent on EU average.

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