Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

Mečiar and Slota least-trusted, says poll

THE LEADERS of two of the governing coalition parties ranked highest in a recent survey of which politicians in Slovakia are trusted the least.

THE LEADERS of two of the governing coalition parties ranked highest in a recent survey of which politicians in Slovakia are trusted the least.

A survey conducted by the MVK polling agency between September 22 and 29 found that Vladimír Mečiar, a former prime minister and currently chairman of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), is regarded as untrustworthy by nearly 40 percent of respondents.

Ján Slota, chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS), was regarded as untrustworthy by 35.7 percent or respondents. The survey contacted 1,176 respondents, the SITA newswire wrote.

Mikuláš Dzurinda, another former prime minister and the current chairman of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), who had previously been ranked the country's least trustworthy politician, finished third, with 35.2 percent. This was a drop of 4.7 percentage points compared with the same survey in June.

Rounding out the top five were Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) boss Pál Csáky, with 17.9 percent, and Prime Minister Robert Fico, with 17.8 percent.

At the same time, Fico remained the country’s most trusted politician, with the support of over 46 percent of respondents. Compared with the same survey in June, this is an increase of 3.7 percentage points.

President Ivan Gašparovič was the second most trusted politician, with 34.4 percent, and SDKÚ vice-chairwoman Iveta Radičová was third, with 19 percent.

Ján Slota and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák also earned the support of over 10 percent of respondents, receiving 12.2 percent and 12 percent respectively.

Respondents were asked to name three politicians they trusted and three they did not.


Top stories

No new nuclear power plant planned

The state postpones the construction of a new utility in Jaslovské Bohunice, claiming there is no need for it.

Mochovce nuclear power plant

Parties only protect their market share

Rent seeking behavior and a code of loyalty are not the ways to operate a successful democratic political party.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák

Skyline over Jaslovské Bohunice is changing

The four cooling towers are expected to be removed until the end of 2018.

State in mid-December 2017

The art of baking Bratislava rolls Photo

Vienna has Sacher torte, Budapest has Somlói galuska and Bratislava has rolls

Ján Šimunek loves Bratislava rolls, especially those filled with poppy seed.