Henry Kirby in London -
Czechs have far more confidence in their local governments than they do in the central one, according to a new survey by Prague-based Public Opinion Research Centre.
Both houses of central government – the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies – achieved a confidence rating of 34 out of 100, while respondents gave both their local mayor and municipal council a score of 62.
As the first bne:Chart shows, confidence in most institutions has remained stable since the study began, yet the confidence rating of President Miloš Zeman has been much more erratic. His lowest rating, at 34, came in December 2014, a month after he controversially opposed EU and US-led sanctions against Russia.
Since then, his support has recovered somewhat, with his most recent confidence rating of 46 sitting 4pp lower than when the poll was first conducted, but well below his October 2014 peak of 58.
The public’s mercurial level of trust in President Zeman is better illustrated in the second bne:Chart, which compares levels of confidence and distrust in the equally unpredictable head of state, whose recent decision to bar a US diplomat from the presidential residence in Prague raised many eyebrows.
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