More than one half of Slovaks assume that Slovakia's safety and international prestige has risen due to the country's membership in NATO, according to a poll by the Agency for Social Analyses in late March and early June, newswire TASR reported.
As much as 54.8 percent of those polled said that the security of the country has risen after Slovakia joined NATO in 2004, while 5.7 percent said the security has gone down. The country's international prestige has increased due to the membership, according to 52.1 percent while 2.4 percent said it has weakened.
Furthermore, 44.6 percent said that Slovakia's membership in NATO has contributed to the inflow of foreign-investment, and 42.4 percent suggested the quality of the Slovak military has been enhanced, wrote TASR referring to the poll.
All in all, 47 percent considers Slovakia's NATO membership to be more positive than negative, while another 15 percent view it very positively. Only 1 percent of those approached perceives the NATO membership in extremely negative terms, wrote TASR.
5. Jun 2009 at 16:00