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Corruption is widespread, say Slovaks

According to a poll conducted by the US Information Agency (USIA), more Slovaks think that corruption is widespread than do other central and eastern European countries.

The poll questioned 1,000 respondants each from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, and found that 79% of Slovaks think that corruption and the acceptance of bribes is "widespread." In the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria, the percentage stood at 67%, while in Poland it was 69%. By comparison, a similiar poll in Germany showed that only 35% of German feel that corruption is widespread.

When asked which areas were the most corrupt, 68% of Slovaks answered "the government" (compared to 46% in Hungary) 58% said "members of parliament," and 46% said "local and town authorities" (compared to 30% in the Czech Republic and Hungary).The most trusted Slovak institution is the army.

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