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Poll: 35 percent happy with Fico's government

AN MVK AGENCY poll released on June 5 says that 35.1 percent of the public consider the current Robert Fico government to have been successful during its first year in office.

The survey, which was carried out on a sample of 1,123 respondents from May 21 to 28, showed that a further 22.5 percent think the government has not been successful, while as many as 39.2 percent think that the government's failures and successes balance each other out.

The survey further revealed that Prime Minister Robert Fico is considered to be the most trusted member of the government, with 65.3 percent support, ahead of Interior Minister Róbert Kaliňák with 65.1 percent, Defence Minister František Kašický with 58.9 percent, Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš with 52.3 percent, Deputy Prime Minister Dušan Čaplovič with 51.6 percent and Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa with 38.5 percent.

The least trusted member of the government turned out to be Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, with 62.0 percent of respondents choosing him as the least trustworthy, followed by Health Minister Ivan Valentovič with 55.8 percent, Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Viera Tomanová with 41.9 percent, Education Minister Ján Mikolaj with 38.1 percent and Finance Minister Ján Počiatek with 36 percent.

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