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Poll: Anti-Roma and anti-Semitic sentiments commonplace in Slovakia

A poll conducted as part of the Komprax Iuventa project has shown that many Slovaks are sympathetic to extremist ideas and policies. The survey, conducted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, polled the opinions of 761 people and found that 71 percent of them agreed with at least one out of 17 opinions defined as “radical”.

A poll conducted as part of the Komprax Iuventa project has shown that many Slovaks are sympathetic to extremist ideas and policies. The survey, conducted by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ss Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, polled the opinions of 761 people and found that 71 percent of them agreed with at least one out of 17 opinions defined as “radical”.

The statements included opinions such as: top state positions should be given only to native Slovaks and/or Slovakia’s interests should stand above those of the European Union (a combination of 77 percent agreed with at least one); police and the courts should treat Roma stricter than non-Roma (66 percent agreed); and Jews have too big an influence on the economy and administration of Slovakia (41 percent agreed).

The Sme daily, reporting the poll’s results on Thursday, November 22, noted that two-thirds of those polled believed that Roma and drug addicts should be deported from Slovakia.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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