IVO survey finds rising distrust in politicians

The popularity of most Slovak politicians has experienced steep falls over the past year, although opposition leader and former premier Robert Fico is still top of the rankings, according to a Public Affairs Institute (IVO) survey out on Wednesday, April 20th.

The poll, which canvassed views from a sample of 1,025 respondents between March 1-8, found that Smer-SD party leader Fico has the confidence of 23 percent of those asked. He experienced a slump in popularity, however, as the figure stood at 31 percent a year ago.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (SDKU-DS) gained an extra 3 percent over the same period and is now trusted by 17 percent of those surveyed.

Smer vice-chairman and former interior minister Robert Kalinak swapped places with Radicova, falling to third place on 9 percent, down from 16 percent a year ago.

Next came President Ivan Gasparovic (8 percent), Most-Hid leader Bela Bugar (7 percent), Finance Minister Ivan Miklos (SDKU - 6 percent), and Slovak National Party chairman Jan Slota (4 percent).

Parliamentary Chairman Richard Sulik (Freedom and Solidarity/SaS), Independent MP Igor Matovic, Christian Democrat (KDH) chairman Jan Figel, SDKU chairman and Foreign Affairs Minister Mikulas Dzurinda (SDKU-DS) and Interior Minister Daniel Lipsic (KDH) were each trusted by 3 percent of the sample.

As many as 37 percent of the respondents said that not a single politician has their trust, up from last year's 24 percent.

Source: TASR, 20.4.2011


The Slovak Spectator released an article about the recent poll:

‘No one’ leads in poll of trustworthiness by Michaela Terenzani (PDF)

Source: spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/42496/2/no_one_leads_in_poll_


Charts and comments are available at Slovak IVO webpage.

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