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(06/01/07) -

Czech Have Little Trust in PM Topolanek

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in the Czech Republic trust their prime minister less than other politicians, according to a poll by CVVM. Only 31 per cent of respondents express confidence in Civic Democratic Party (ODS) leader Mirek Topolanek.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in the Czech Republic trust their prime minister less than other politicians, according to a poll by CVVM. Only 31 per cent of respondents express confidence in Civic Democratic Party (ODS) leader Mirek Topolanek.

Czech president Vaclav Klaus is the country’s most trusted political leader with 68 per cent, followed by ombudsman Otakar Motejl with 65 per cent, defence minister Vlasta Parkanova with 52 per cent, environment minister and Green Party (SZ) leader Martin Bursik with 36 per cent, and opposition Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) leader Jiri Paroubek with 33 per cent.

Czech deputy prime minister and Christian and Democratic Union – Czech People’s Party (KDU-CSL) leader Jiri Cunek—who faced bribery allegations in March—is at the bottom of the list with 26 per cent.

In early June 2006, Czech voters renewed the Chamber of Representatives. Final results gave the ODS 35.58 per cent of all cast ballots, followed by the CSSD with 32.32 per cent. Czech parties require at least five per cent of the vote to earn seats under the country’s proportional representation system. The final tallies give the ODS, the KDU-CSL and the SZ 100 seats in the lower house, with the remaining 100 seats going to the CSSD and the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM).

The tie among rival factions led to a long political stalemate. In January, Klaus re-appointed Topolanek as prime minister. Topolanek’s government eventually won a confidence motion in the Chamber of Representatives after a 100-97 vote.

On May 29, Topolanek said he regrets not having convinced people over what the country would face without the implementation of the government’s planned tax, social and health care systems reform, declaring, “The biggest mistake I’ve personally made is that I did not adequately scare the public when the draft reform legislation package was presented (by the coalition).”

Polling Data

Do you trust the following politicians?
(“Yes” answers listed)

President Vaclav Klaus

68%

Ombudsman Otakar Motejl

65%

Defence minister Vlasta Parkanova

52%

Environment minister Martin Bursik

36%

Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek

33%

Prime minister Mirek Topolanek

31%

Czech deputy prime minister Jiri Cunek

26%

Source: CVVM
Methodology: Interviews with 1,132 Czech voters, conducted from May 5 to May 14, 2007. No margin of error was provided.