Poll: Nearly 40 percent of Slovaks expect 2018 to be better

Almost 90 percent of respondents expect this new year to be the same or better than 2017.

2017 was marked, among other events, by anti-corruption protests.2017 was marked, among other events, by anti-corruption protests. (Source: Petit Press - Tibor Somogyi)

Almost 90 percent of Slovakia's population expects that 2018 will be approximately the same or better than last year, Katarína Lepiešová of the GfK Slovakia told the TASR newswire.

Just under 40 percent of people expect that this year will be better than 2017, according to a survey conducted by GfK Slovakia in November 2017, reaching a sample of 1,000 respondents aged 15-79.

The poll shows that young people – under 30 years of age – are the most optimistic. Only about one tenth of the population expects that this year will be worse than the previous one. Nearly half of those who predict a better year believe that their financial situation will improve. More than two fifths of them expect their personal lives to be better than last year, and expectations in terms of work and success are also growing. Around 37 percent of people anticipate a better year when it comes to family and similar relationships. This holds especially true for people under 30.

28 percent of respondents expect a better year in terms of their own health or that of their loved ones.

Some consider 2017 worse than the previous year

Up to 46 percent of the respondents believed 2017 was worse than the year before, mainly due to a deterioration in their financial situation. This is why some, especially people with a net monthly income of up to €800, remain pessimistic in 2018, TASR cited the GfK poll.

Of those who expect a worse year overall, 38 percent also anticipate a declining political situation in Slovakia. More than one third of these people also anticipate a deterioration in the overall economic situation in the country.

One third of the respondents expect their own health or that of their loved ones to deteriorate. Likewise, 33 percent predict that the general mood in Slovak society will worsen this year.

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