Around one-quarter of the country's population (27.7 percent) - mainly the young, secondary-school and university students - are planning to make New Year resolutions, while as many as two-thirds (64.5 percent) don't intend to make any pledges for 2009 and 7.7 percent are undecided, indicates the latest poll.
The survey, conducted in December by the TNS SK agency on a sample of 995 respondents, showed that most Slovaks want to take more care of their health in 2009. Of those planning New Year's resolutions, 25.7 percent want to quit smoking, 17.8 percent intend to lose weight and 11.2 percent are resolved to take more care of their health in general.
Other respondents want to improve their academic results or successfully complete thier studies, pursue sports, or complete the reconstruction of their houses or apartments. Those planning to give up smoking are mainly men and people aged over 60, while diets are planned mainly by women and people over 40. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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