Subjective assessment of household financial situation improves

One-third of Czech citizens (32 %) currently consider their family to be ‘poor’, of which just under one tenth (7 %) is quite certain. We have observed a slight decline in the sense of poverty since 2015. Half of the population (51 %) indicated that they are managing to save, the highest percentage to date since STEM began conducting its surveys. Over two-fifths of citizens (44 %) said that they can easily get by on their household income. Once again this figure represents a historical high. Since the beginning of the nineties, STEM has been monitoring the way in which…

People believe that the Czech economy is doing better

Half of Czech citizens (48 %) believe that the Czech economy is the same as it was one year ago, whereas almost two-fifths (37 %) think that it has improved. Compared to the last survey in 2014, there has been an obvious increase (of 25 %) in the proportion of respondents who positively rated Czech economic development. In terms of the economic outlook for next year, half of the population (50 %) expect the situation to remain the same, over one-quarter (27 %) expect an improvement, with, by contrast, just under a quarter (23 %) expecting a worsening of…

Division of Roles in the Czech Family

More than half the Czech population (58 %) is opposed to a traditional division of roles in the family, with the man as the breadwinner and the woman looking after the home and family. For a long time now, the public has been divided into two almost equal camps on whether looking after the home can be just as fulfilling as being in the workplace. According to a slight majority of citizens (53 %), a mother’s role in raising children is no more important than that of a father. The proportion of citizens who disagree with a mother’s dominant…

An Increasing Number of Czechs Consider NATO Membership More Important for the Country Than EU Membership

Half of the Czech population (50 %) considers the country’s membership of the European Union and its membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to be equally important. Among those who differentiate between the two institutions, those who consider NATO membership to be more important (34 %) clearly outnumber those who favour EU membership (16 %). More than a two-thirds majority of Czech citizens (69 %) supports the Czech Republic’s membership in NATO, with one-fifth disapproving (22 %) and one-tenth choosing to give an evasive answer (9 %). The STEM survey cited here was conducted on a representative sample of…

Proportion of Citizens Dissatisfied with the Czech Republic’s European Union Membership on the Increase

A three-fifths majority of the Czech public (61 %) is dissatisfied with the Czech Republic’s membership in the European Union. Hypothetically, if a referendum on joining the European Union was held here again, 38 % of citizens would vote in favour, while 62 % would vote against. The results of the current survey indicate the lowest level of support for the union ever recorded in the many STEM surveys conducted over the years. Furthermore, a three-fifths majority of the population (58 %) currently have negative feelings towards membership in the European Union (feelings of considerable fear or moderate concern). The…

What do Czechs perceive as a threat to society?

Within the context of current developments in Europe, Czech citizens are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic fundamentalism, the situation in the Middle East and the influx of migrants in particular. According to the public, both terrorism and international organized crime represent stable risks. The rise in concern over the threat of politics in Russia, documented in May, was not confirmed in the September survey. The STEM survey cited here was conducted on a representative sample of the Czech population aged 18 and over from 18 to 28 September 2015. Respondents were selected using a quota sampling method, with some 925…

Czech attitudes towards Western European countries, especially Germany, are deteriorating

Czech citizens have the best relationship with Slovakia, with 86 % of the population giving Slovakia a ‘one’ or a ‘two’ on a scale of one to five, with one being the most positive rating. Austria (72 %), the Netherlands (71 %), Sweden, France and the United Kingdom (all at 70 %) also received high ratings from the vast majority of the public. When compared to a previous survey carried out in 2013, the attitude of Czech citizens to the majority of western European countries has deteriorated, most evidently in the case of Germany. Ukraine (24 %), China (25…

Fear of refugees – what lies behind it

There is a widespread fear of refugees among the Czech population which runs through all sections of society. It would be a big mistake, however, for this fear of refugees to be seen in isolation. The predominant issue is rather a fear of the spread of Islam in this country, a fear of an escalation in Islamic fundamentalism and its link to terrorism and organised crime. The current irrational, emotion-based and unstructured fear of this whole set of risks is weakening our anchoring in the European Union and also calls into question the results of the country’s post-November 1989…

Are we interested in how the EU works?

“Do you want to know how the European Union actually works? Are you interested in its activities and the problems it faces?” „Zajímá Vás, jak vlastně Evropská unie funguje, jaké jsou její činnosti a problémy?“ Source: STEM, Trends 1999-2003, aged 18+; STEGA, Communication on European Affairs, 10/2005 – 6/2006, STEM, Trends 11/2006, 1/2009, 1/2010

Public opinion on the adoption of the euro

“Do you personally support the adoption of the euro in the Czech Republic?” The date for adopting the euro is a matter of economic and political choice. Although the Czech Republic is committed to adopting the currency, public support is not strong enough, at least for the time being.   Source: STEM, Trends 2005-2015