Survey: Slovaks are happy with the economy and unhappy with democracy

Satisfaction with the way democracy works at home and in the EU drops since 2009.

(Source: Tibor Somogyi)

Slovaks are more optimistic about the economy, but less positive about the working of democracy in Slovakia and the EU than ten years ago.

A representative survey of the Focus polling agency conducted in the first half of June by the Focus polling agency has shown that only 28 percent of Slovaks believed that the economic situation in Slovakia would slightly worsen or significantly worsen during the following year. This is a steep decline compared to 80 percent in 2009.

On the other hand, while 42 percent of people in Slovakia were happy with the way democracy works in the country, the number dropped by 7 percentage points in 2019, the TASR newswire reported.

"We can see that the economic satisfaction does not necessarily come with satisfaction with the development of democracy," sociologist Olga Gyarfasova from the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) told TASR. The economic situation and the perception of democracy are two separate issues, she noted.

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Moreover, fewer inhabitants of Slovakia are happy with the way democracy works in the EU as well. While in 2009, some 35 percent of people said that they were not very satisfied or unsatisfied with this matter, and almost 15 percent could not answer, in 2019, almost 60 percent said they were unhappy with democracy in the EU, with only 8 percent unable to answer.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, according to the sociologist. She acribes it to the fact that there is greater interest among people about the EU and its workings.

"The fact that their assesment is negative means that there are more of those who express their opinion about the quality of democracy in the EU," Gyarfasova said as quoted by TASR.

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