SURVEY: Attitudes of Czechs towards Slovakia | iRADIO

SURVEY: Attitudes of Czechs towards Slovakia | iRADIO
SURVEY: Attitudes of Czechs towards Slovakia | iRADIO
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Destroying mutual friendship. For example, the opposition parties commented on the interruption of intergovernmental consultations with the Slovak cabinet, which the government of Petr Fiala from the ODS joined about a month ago. A Median survey for Český rozhlas found out whether the Czech society perceives it in the same way and what is its view on the future development of Slovakia.



RESEARCH
Prague
6:00 a.m April 2, 2024

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Robert Fico | Photo: Jakub Kotian/TASR | Source: Profimedia

Over forty percent of Czechs do not agree with the fact that the Czech cabinet broke off negotiations with the Slovak government. It mainly concerns people over 45 and also economically inactive people.

On the contrary, Fiala’s government’s decision is supported by roughly a third of the people. The majority are university-educated and also residents of Prague. Among these groups, more than half of them agree with the suspension of intergovernmental negotiations.

As for the fear of deteriorating relations with the Slovaks, two fifths of people fear this. “Primarily, these are people who say that they are rather afraid of a deterioration in relations. Far more common is the attitude that there will be no long-term deterioration of relations between the Czech Republic and Slovakia as a result of this step. This is said by 47 percent of the respondents,” research co-author Ivan Cuker from Median explains to Radiožurnál.

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Long-term problems in the relationship with Slovakia are not expected especially by entrepreneurs and university educated people. It is also interesting that, according to the survey, a fifth of people do not know if they support the suspension of intergovernmental negotiations.

The Czech government broke off joint consultations with Robert Fico’s cabinet at the beginning of March, mainly due to different positions in foreign policy, especially regarding Russian aggression in Ukraine.

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The Visegrad Four has more than half the support of the Czechs. 56 percent of people are in favor of continuing joint negotiations with Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. Roughly a quarter of Czechs are against it, especially young people. On the contrary, political preferences are not very decisive in the opinion of V4.

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“It can be said that, statistically, slightly above average, Spolu voters do not support the Czech Republic remaining in the Visegrad Four, where it is less than 40 percent of them. The voters of the SPD and the former ČSSD especially support further meetings of the Visegrad Four countries,” says Cuker.

Even in this case, almost a fifth of people answered that they did not know if they wanted to continue this cooperation. According to Cuker, this proves that people do not really know what membership in the Visegrad Four brings to the Czech Republic.

Korčok vs. Pellegrini

Median’s survey for Czech Radio also asked if people are worried about further developments in Slovakia due to the different positions of the two presidential candidates. At the weekend, Slovaks will decide in the second round of the presidential election between Ivan Korčok and Peter Pellegrini.

Both groups in the survey are divided practically equally – forty percent of people are not worried about the post-election events in Slovakia, and only a percentage less people have doubts.

However, more significant differences are visible in the attitudes towards the current prime minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico. 45 percent of people perceive his actions to date as a threat to Slovak democracy, a third have the opposite opinion.

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“Almost three-quarters of those who supported one of the governing parties in the last elections to the Chamber of Deputies now say that Robert Fico’s government is a threat to Slovak democracy. While especially those who voted for the SPD last time say that democracy is not a threat,” explains co-author of the research Ivan Cuker.

The attitude of the voters of the ANO movement is not so clear. Sixty percent do not see Robert Fico as a threat to democracy, but a fifth of them do not know how to make a decision at the same time.

Median polled 1,022 respondents via telephone and online surveys from March 26 to 27.

The random statistical variation is +/- 1.5 percentage points for positions held by five percent of respondents, and up to +/- 3.5 percentage points for positions held by fifty percent of respondents.

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