Poll: Only 36 percent Slovaks plan to participate in referendum

Just 36 percent of Slovaks plan to take part in the upcoming referendum on protection of the family, according to a poll by the  Trenčín-based Alexander Dubček University. This would render it unvalid as referendum laws require a 50 percent voter turnout. 

Low turnout expected.Low turnout expected. (Source: Sme)

The survey the results of which were released to the TASR newswire by the department’s deputy chief Miroslav Radek on January 28 was conducted on a sample of 1,005 respondents between December 20 and January 15.

The poll also sought people’s answers to the three questions to be included in the referendum, which is being initiated by the Family Alliance (AZR). Eighty-four percent of those asked would agree with confining the use of the word “marriage” only when referring to the union of a man and a woman – the referendum’s first question.

As for the second question, 73 percent of the respondents would agree to preventing same-sex couples from adopting children. Close to 70 percent said that they would respond in the affirmative to the third question – on stopping schools from requiring that pupils attend classes dealing with sex education and euthanasia if their parents don't approve of it.

In terms of regions, people living in Prešov region showed the greatest deal of interest in taking part in the vote, 46 percent. The same was true for only 27 percent of people in Bratislava region.  The highest proportion of people - 45 percent - who are planning to take part in the vote was measured in those aged 70 and above. The upcoming referendum scheduled for February 7 will be the eighth referendum in the history of independent Slovakia. Only one – that on Slovakia’s EU membership - became valid as 52.1 percent of eligible voters took part. 

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