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Slovaks want public media

NINE out of 10 Slovaks think that public broadcasting outlets should be operating alongside commercial outlets.

According to a survey of 3,409 respondents at the beginning of March this year by the public broadcaster Slovak Radio, only 3 percent of Slovaks think that public media outlets, which are partly funded from the state budget, should not exist.

People aged 30 to 49 years were the biggest fans of the idea of maintaining public radio and public TV, as well as people who had completed high school or university, the Pravda daily reported.

In terms of political leanings, the supporters of the non-parliamentary Slovak National Party and the ruling Christian Democratic Movement and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union are the biggest supporters of public media.

The least support for the coexistence of both the public and the commercial media was found among 14 to 17 year-olds, people with only elementary school education, as well as potential voters of the ruling Hungarian Coalition Party and the liberal New Citizen's Alliance.

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