SURVEY

Pessimists and optimists in balance in Slovakia

ACCORDING to a recent survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) think tank, 46 percent of Slovaks believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 50 percent of people believe the opposite.

ACCORDING to a recent survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) think tank, 46 percent of Slovaks believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 50 percent of people believe the opposite.

"Such a balanced evaluation is very uncommon," said IVO sociologist Zora Bútorová.

Young people with university education holding white-collar jobs prevail in the group of optimists, the daily SME wrote.

In terms of voter preferences, the supporters of the ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union and the former ruling Christian Democrats are among the biggest optimists, while supporters of opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), the Slovak Communist Party and the nationalist Slovak National Party are the biggest skeptics.

Slovak people felt the greatest pessimism eight years ago, before elections in 1998 resulted in the defeat of the ruling HZDS.

Since then, people in Slovakia have been more optimistic than pessimistic only once - in January 1999, when 47 percent believed the nation was heading in the right direction, while 34 percent did not.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Fico mirrors stability, but Smer is considering a new election leader

Pellegrini could be Smer's number one in the 2020 parliamentary elections. Some Smer MEPs want a new party leader.

Former PM Robert Fico (left) and his successor Peter Pellegrini (right).

Kirschner: Music has always been the intention

Jana Kirschner has been on the Slovak music scene for more than 20 years.

10 things you need to know about the new parking policy in Bratislava

Foreigners living in Bratislava who are not eligible for permanent residence do not need to worry.

Current parking in Bratislava