Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Survey: Smer fails to name source of extremism

Generally, Slovaks in the poorer regions of Slovakia refuse democracy.

(Source: SME)

After almost ten years of ruling, at its congress in Nitra on December 10, the Smer party declared political correctness a source of extremism. At the same time, the Prime Minister and Smer’s head Robert Fico announced a stricter approach towards criminality in Roma settlements.

Yet these are not the reasons behind people turning from support for democracy to totalitarian regimes, the latest poll carried out by the Focus agency for the INEKO think tank shows. The poll addressed a total of 1,020 respondents at the turn of October and November.

Up to one quarter of respondents would support a dictatorship, while 28 percent say they would welcome the return of socialism instead of democracy. Moreover, as many as 35 percent of Slovaks would support a departure from the EU and more than 40 percent expect the arrival of a strong leader and strengthening of his powers when ruling the state, according to survey.

The majority of surveyed people named politicians abusing power, not acting in the interest of the public and not dealing with their scandals as the main source of democracy failures.

“Smer’s issues are not harmonised with the opinions of people,” Focus agency head Martin Slosiarik told The Slovak Spectator. “The people guilty for [increasing] extremism are in politics, according to this survey.”

Read also:Read also:White Crow awards vie against hatred

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access


29 €
You save 17.80 € compared with monthly subsription
9.90 €
You save 1.80 € compared with monthly subsription
0.98 €
Price is only for new subscribers for their first month. All other months are standard price of 3.90€

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

Pellegrini’s cabinet bets on a non-partisan interior minister

Nine ministers remain unchanged, the interior to be led by “a man from Drucker’s team”. Here are the names Pellegrini wants in his cabinet.

Jozef Ráž is proposed to become the new interior minister.

Politics is not filth, it concerns all of us

Who falls asleep in democracy, wakes up in totalitarianism.

Bratislava For a Decent Slovakia protest March 16, 2018.

Kuciak Sr: I do not believe justice will be served

The parents of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová are sceptical as to whether the investigation of their children's murder will return results and justice will be served.

Ex-minister, ex-MP and lawyer Daniel Lipšic.

Italian companies in Slovakia drew EU-funds worth €68m

After the Agriculture Ministry lifted its embargo, it turned out that the companies of Italians suspected of ties with ’Ndrangheta received subsidies worth millions of euros, through the Agricultural Paying Agency.

Farming seems to be quite a profitable business, illustrative stock photo.