According to a survey released by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) on January 3, several significant shifts in the opinions of Slovaks took place in 2010 which IVO stated may be related to the change in government following the parliamentary election in June, the TASR newswire wrote.
In November 2010, IVO asked people what they thought the most serious problems faced by society were and compared the results with a similar survey from 2006.
"Corruption, clientelism, cronyism and violations of morals were viewed as becoming less serious. Similarly, concerns about the absence of effective macro-economic policy have diminished. At the same time, the level of criticism vis-à-vis the current political culture and the quality of democracy has dropped," IVO sociologist Zora Bútorová told the TASR newswire.
The survey found that as many as two-thirds of Slovaks are concerned about unemployment, followed by the standard of living and social security. Health care and corruption were jointly in third place, with crime and organised crime taking fifth and sixth places. IVO further noted that the public has become more sensitive to problems involving relationships with Roma citizens.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.
4. Jan 2011 at 10:00