More than 40 percent of Slovaks disagree with Prime Minister Robert Fico's expressed support for embattled Labour Minister Viera Tomanová over the Privilegium controversy, a new poll shows.
Poll respondents were asked: "The Labour Ministry approved a subsidy for the non-profit organisation Privilegium, where Labour Minister Viera Tomanová had worked. This organization owes several million crowns to social-insurance provider Sociálna Poisťovňa. How do you perceive Robert Fico's current support of Viera Tomanová?"
The poll showed that 41.6 percent of respondents disagree with Fico's support: 30.9 percent said they definitely disagree, and 10.7 percent said they disagree more than agree.
Nearly 21 percent said they agree with the prime minister's position: 11.5 percent definitely agree with it and 9.2 percent agree more than disagree with it.
Almost 38 percent of respondents were unable to take a stance on the issue.
The public opinion poll was conducted by the Polis Slovakia agency for the MESA 10 thinktank on August 4-5, on a sample of 1,016 respondents.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Aug 2007 at 14:39