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AKO Poll: 80 percent of Slovaks trust armed forces

According to a May public opinion poll released by the AKO agency on July 17, almost 80 percent of Slovak citizens trust the Slovak Army as compared to 13 percent who do not.

The poll, based on 1,035 respondents, indicated that the public positively assesses the orientation of the Slovak armed forces toward civilians. Generally, Slovaks feel that the army can be trusted during natural disasters and catastrophes. On the other hand, almost 67 percent of respondents consider the armed forces a drain on the state budget.

According to the poll, the number of Slovaks favouring NATO membership has remained about the same as it was it was in 2004 when Slovakia entered NATO. Fifty nine percent of respondents favoured participation while 22 percent took the opposite view.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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