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Most approve reforms, poll shows

A MAJORITY of Slovaks perceive the reforms carried out by the current government positively, although with some objections, a new poll carried out by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) think tank showed.

The only exception to the general approval is the health reform, which as many as 74 percent of people disapprove of, the daily SME reported.

According to the poll, those who vote for the ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), and the Christian Democratic Movement, as well as the supporters of the opposition Free Forum (SF) party, which was established by SDKÚ breakaways, are the biggest supporters of the reforms. SF voters are even more pro-reform than the voters of another ruling party, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK).

Eighty-four percent of SMK voters think that the health reform is bad.

The poll also showed that supporters of the opposition Smer party are more pro-reform than the party leader, Robert Fico.

The poll showed, for instance, that 58 percent of Smer supporters more or less approve of the tax reform, which Smer wants to change. Only 35 percent of Smer voters consider the tax reform to be bad and demand that it be changed.

Smer voters have similar opinions about the pension and social reforms, as well as the decentralization of the public administration.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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