The Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) has released the results of a poll taken between November 4-11 concerning the public's view of the changes seen in Slovakia since the current government emerged from the general election in June 2006.
Around 36 percent think that Slovakia's international status has improved, with 43 percent stating that it is unchanged and 17 percent seeing a deterioration.
Around 36 percent believe that there are more job opportunities, while 32 percent view these as unchanged and 34 percent say that there are fewer available jobs. People from the Trnava and Žilina regions have seen the biggest improvement as a result of the arrival of major car manufacturers and their suppliers.
The public is most critical of the developments in health care, where nearly half (48 percent) say that the situation has worsened since the 2006 election. Around 35 percent say that the situation is unaltered, while only 15 percent say that it has improved. Many people also take a pessimistic view when it comes to corruption, cronyism and nepotism in public life. No less than 42 percent of the respondents believe that the situation has worsened. Around 45 percent say that it has remained unchanged, while only 8 percent say they have seen an improvement. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Dec 2008 at 15:30