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Poll: 58 percent of Slovaks happy with setting up of independent state

FIFTY-eight percent of Slovaks view the creation of independent Slovakia on January 1, 1993 in positive terms, according to a poll carried out by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Focus agency and the Centre for Public Opinion Research (CVVM) of the Czech Academy of Sciences released on December 27.

FIFTY-eight percent of Slovaks view the creation of independent Slovakia on January 1, 1993 in positive terms, according to a poll carried out by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Focus agency and the Centre for Public Opinion Research (CVVM) of the Czech Academy of Sciences released on December 27.

In the poll, which was carried out both in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, respondents were called on to evaluate four historic events. The most positive response was received by the establishment of the first Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, with 71 percent of Slovaks viewing this event favourably, according to TASR newswire, which published the report.

Meanwhile, 63 percent view the Velvet Revolution of 1989 in positive terms, while 59 percent liked Slovakia's entry to the EU in 2004. The setting up of the independent Slovakia follows all the aforementioned events on 58 percent. At the same time, the split of Czechoslovakia - which was an inevitable prerequisite of the establishing of the independent Slovakia - is viewed positively by 45 percent of Slovaks, TASR reported

The Czechs also liked the setting up of the first Czechoslovak Republic and the Velvet Revolution the most, while the establishing of the independent Czech Republic received 46 percent of positive votes, and its joining the European Union a mere 38 percent.

(Source: TASR)

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