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Poll: Smer voters also dissatisfied

MOST of Slovakia’s citizens are unhappy with the performance of the prime minister and his government, mainly in the areas that are most important to them.

MOST of Slovakia’s citizens are unhappy with the performance of the prime minister and his government, mainly in the areas that are most important to them.

This is a finding from the results of the Focus polling agency survey from the end of January and beginning of February, as reported by the Sme daily.

Voters are particularly discontented with the government’s handling of unemployment, health care and the judiciary. Only about 11 percent of those polled said they were somewhat or very satisfied with the government’s policies targeting unemployment, while those satisfied with the government’s work in health care and the judiciary constituted just 17 percent in each area.

Most of those polled said they were somewhat or very discontented in all of the six areas that Focus pollsters inquired about, Sme wrote. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believe Fico’s government does not sufficiently combat corruption, while just 20 percent said they are somewhat or very satisfied with this area of the government’s work.

The discontent also prevails among supporters of the ruling Smer party. Only a quarter of the polled Smer voters said they were satisfied with the way unemployment is being handled.

Many of the polled Smer voters are unhappy about government measures in other areas too, with more than half complaining about the work of the government in health care and the judiciary. On the other hand, more than half of the polled Smer voters said they were happy with approach taken by the government’s approach in education and combating corruption.

“Voting for Smer is not voting based on the voters’ satisfaction with the solutions,” Martin Slosiarik,head of the Focus polling agency, told Sme. “A very important role is also played by the charm of the leader, Robert Fico, and the fact that the sympathisers are bound to him.”

Slosiarik said he does not believe the dissatisfaction of voters will influence the presidential election.

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