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Survey: Half of Slovaks experience effects of global crisis

Almost half of Slovaks say they are feeling the effects of the global economic crisis, while the remaining 52 percent say that their life hasn't changed significantly, according to a survey carried out by the market research and public opinion polling agency KMG International in the first half of August and published on Tuesday, September 8.

Almost half of Slovaks say they are feeling the effects of the global economic crisis, while the remaining 52 percent say that their life hasn't changed significantly, according to a survey carried out by the market research and public opinion polling agency KMG International in the first half of August and published on Tuesday, September 8.

According to the poll, based on a sample of 1,004 respondents, people are experiencing the crisis in three ways in particular – through the shrinking number of jobs (28 percent), increased of fear and uncertainty (14 percent) and problems in household finances (14 percent).

Perception of the crisis differs between the cities and country areas, with village people claiming to be more affected, the TASR newswire reported. Considerable differences also prevail between regions. In Bratislava and Trnava Regions, 30 percent of respondents said they had no difficulties in connection with the global economic downturn, compared to only 15 percent claiming this to be the case in Košice Region. Only 8 percent of people living in Bratislava Region said they could feel a very strong impact from the crisis, compared to 20 percent in Košice Region.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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