Most citizens of Slovakia regard themselves as members of the middle class, based on the socio-economic situation of their households. This was one of the findings from a survey conducted by the Infostat Centre for Social Research for the Finance Ministry. The survey observed how individuals and families handle their finances.
Almost 75 percent of respondents placed themselves in the ‘average’ income group, most of them in the ‘weaker’ part of that group and as many as 25 percent of Slovaks placed themselves in the ‘poor’ group; only 2 percent of respondents described themselves as ‘rich’.
According to the results of the poll, 54 percent of Slovaks agree with the idea that people are poor due to incorrect government policies and 27 percent of them said they believe that people get rich through good luck. “The opinion that people are unemployed because they are lazy was shared by 19 percent of respondents,” the SITA newswire quoted Infostat as saying.
As for the big gap between the lowest and the highest incomes, as many as 57 percent of Slovaks said they do not mind inequality as long it is within reasonable bounds. Almost 20 percent of those polled were in favour of equal incomes. Some 12 percent of respondents said they believe that property differences motivate people to better achievements.
As for savings, Slovak households vary greatly; 25 percent said they are able to save less than €50 per month, 20 percent of save between €51 and €100, and one in eleven save between €101 and €150. More than 20 percent of households said they do not save anything.
The research was conducted on 1,174 respondents by the Infostat Centre for Social Research between March 10 and March 16 this year.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Jul 2010 at 14:00