Although slightly lower than in 2015, support for membership in NATO is still high

Almost three-quarters of the Czech public (71%) support the country’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. This figure represents a lower level of support than in the previous survey conducted in 2015. However, it is important to regard this decline as a return to the long-term stable figures recorded in previous years. Almost two thirds of citizens (64%) have confidence in NATO’s ability to safeguard the external security of our country. This survey was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute (www.stem.cz) on a representative sample of the Czech population aged 18 and over from 6 to 14 April…

Public trust in the Czech security forces is on the increase

A three-quarters majority of the population (74 %) has confidence in the Czech army. A somewhat lower proportion of citizens, although still a majority, trust the police force (61 %). The current survey indicates that levels of trust are among the highest since the early 90s when STEM started conducting its long-term series of surveys. The survey cited here was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute (www.stem.cz) on a representative sample of the Czech population aged 18 and over from 11 to 23 January 2017. Respondents were selected using a quota sampling method, with some 1,048 people…

Public attitudes in the Czech Republic and Germany towards Czech-German relations

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Czech-German Declaration, the Czech-German Fund for the Future for the Future and the Czech-German Discussion Forum commissioned a comparative public opinion survey to examine how the two countries perceive each other. The survey was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute in the Czech Republic and the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach for public opinion research in Germany. The STEM survey was conducted on a representative sample of the Czech population aged 16 and over from 30 November to 12 December 2016. Respondents were selected using a quota sampling method, with some 1,039 people…

Czech and German attitudes towards the European Union

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Czech-German Declaration, the Czech-German Fund for the Future for the Future and the Czech-German Discussion Forum commissioned a comparative public opinion survey to examine how the two countries perceive each other and their attitudes towards the European Union. The survey was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute in the Czech Republic and the Institute für Demoskopie Allensbach (Institute for Public Opinion Research) in Germany. The STEM survey was conducted on a representative sample of the Czech population aged 16 and over from 30 November to 12 December 2016. Respondents were…

On the whole the population rated 2016 positively; the majority of people are satisfied with their lives

On the whole the population rated 2016 positively; the majority of people are satisfied with their lives Over three-quarters of Czech citizens (78 %) are currently satisfied with their lives. A two-thirds majority of people (69 %) considered 2016 to be a successful year for them personally. More than half the population (53 %) looked on the past year as a success in terms of society as a whole. In addition to these positive findings, the survey also found that half the respondents chose positive statements to describe their feelings (wellbeing, happiness, everything is as it should be, everything is…

More than half the Czech population do not trust the Chamber of Deputies or the Senate

One-third of citizens trust the Chamber of Deputies (33 %) and the same proportion of the population trusts its Speaker Jan Hamáček. Trust in the upper house of the Czech parliament is also at the same level. Only Chairman of the Senate Milan Štěch has a slightly higher trust rating among the public, at 38 %. Nonetheless, since 2015 levels of public trust in both Jan Hamáček and Milan Štěch have decreased somewhat, by 4 percentage points and 8 percentage points, respectively. The survey cited here was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute (www.stem.cz) on a representative sample of…

According to public opinion, corruption is still a serious issue within Czech society

A clear majority of citizens (87 %) considers corruption to be one of our country’s biggest problems. A quarter of the population (24 %) is of the view that almost all public officials take bribes, with half of respondents (52 %) believing that the majority of those in public office do so. A two-thirds majority of the public (67 %) does not believe that Bohuslav Sobotka’s government is genuinely trying to resolve the country’s major tunneling, embezzlement and corruption cases. This figure is up on last year. Three-quarters of the population (77 %) also do not believe that Sobotka’s government has…

Going to church at Christmas is a tradition for almost two-fifths of the population

Very few Czech citizens (8%) go to church regularly – if we take regular to mean at least once a month. Nonetheless, greater numbers go to church during the Christmas period, many of whom consider themselves not to be religious. Indeed, going to church is a Christmas tradition for almost two-fifths of citizens (39%). A third of Czech citizens (35 %) say they believe in God. This survey was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute (www.stem.cz) on a representative sample of the Czech population aged 18 and over from 30 November to 12 December 2016. Respondents were selected…

People are somewhat dissatisfied with the results of the regional elections

A slight majority of Czech citizens (56 %) are dissatisfied with the results of this year’s regional elections. Prague residents were excluded from the survey. Public mood is different to what it was after the last regional elections. In the past people were somewhat satisfied with the outcome of the regional elections. Although the level of satisfaction among those who turned out to vote in this year’s regional elections is higher, this is by no means significant (52 % satisfied, 48 % dissatisfied). The survey cited here was conducted by the STEM non-profit institute (www.stem.cz) on a representative…

Two-thirds of Czechs believe that too many foreigners are working in the country

Despite the decrease in the number of people who believe that there are too many foreigners working here and that they’re taking our jobs, a majority of the population still holds that opinion Two-thirds of Czechs (66 %) believe that too many foreigners are working in our country, and only a slightly lower percentage (60 %) say that the employment of foreigners is depriving our people of jobs. Compared with last year’s survey, the proportion of citizens who agree with these opinions has fallen. As in previous years, a three-fifths majority of the population (60 %) does not agree that…