Slovaks view the common European currency more positively than people in other eurozone countries, with 64 percent of Slovaks welcoming it compared to the eurozone average of 38 percent, the TASR newswire reported.
The findings come from a recent 'Transatlantic Trends' survey carried out in 11 EU countries, the USA and Turkey in June involving 1,000 respondents in each country. Around 68 percent of Slovaks assess the influence of Slovakia's EU membership on the economy positively, TASR wrote.
Also according to the poll, Slovaks started to pay more attention to the foreign policy of the United States after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. The previous support of 19 percent rose to 71 percent. While the so-called "Obama-mania" has been falling in most European countries this year, it still exists in Slovakia, with the US president enjoying 76-percent support.
The survey also reported that attitudes toward NATO have improved. While 52 percent of Slovaks viewed NATO membership as important for security last year, it rose to 64 percent this year. Thus, Slovakia became one of the countries with the highest proportion of this opinion within the 11 EU countries, after the Netherlands, Great Britain, Portugal and Romania.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Sep 2010 at 10:00