ABOUT one-third of people in Slovakia expect that the country’s economic situation will deteriorate in the next year. However, this is still a more optimistic finding than last year, when the government of former Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda was carrying out its reforms; at that time, around half of the people polled expected the economy to worsen.
The recent results come from a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Institute of the Slovak Statistics Bureau and were published in the Sme daily.
Although roughly one-third of those polled expected improvements in the economy, only 20 percent of the respondents expected improvements in their personal economic situation by the end of the year.
According to sociologist Pavol Haulík, Slovaks typically regard their own situation as much worse than it really is.