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Citizens say Slovakia worse since 1998 Elections

According to a poll conducted between October 4 and 13 by the Institute of Public Affairs (IVO) with the FOCUS polling agency, most Slovak citizens feel that conditions in key areas of life have declined since last year's elections.

The poll asked 1,052-respondents whether various aspects of life in Slovakia had worsened or improved since the elections; 74% believe the economy has worsened, 15% said it has not changed, and 4% noted an improvement.

When asked to rate their standard of living, 61% said "worse," 34% "unchanged" and 5% "improved." When asked about their personal security, 60% said "worse," 34% "unchanged" and 5% "improved."

The only area in which the respondents noted a change for the better concerned foreign policy; 39% said the situation had improved, while 20% said it was unchanged and 20% worse.

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