ACCORDING to a recent poll by the MVK agency, PM Robert Fico is the politician most trusted by the public.
Fico finished on top of the approval ratings by a large margin with 33.6 percent support, followed by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, also a member of Fico's Smer party, with 12.8 percent. The third most trusted figure was another Smer nominee, Foreign Minister Ján Kubiš, who gained 7.1 percent.
Some 19.5 percent of respondents said they did not trust any government minister, while 10.9 percent were unable to answer.
Interestingly, while Fico was chosen mainly by supporters of the ruling coalition, supporters of opposition parties were far more likely to choose Kaliňák, especially the supporters of former PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the non-parliamentary Free Forum (SF), as well as by a significant number of Communist Party voters.
According to MVK Director Pavel Haulík, Foreign Minister Kubiš and Finance Minister Ján Počiatek were also favoured by opposition supporters, likely because they are viewed as experts in their fields rather than as political nominees.
11. Sep 2006 at 0:00