Coalition government supported by 42% of Czechs - poll.

By bne IntelliNews September 23, 2010
The coalition government of PM Petr Necas was supported by 42% of those polled by the CVVM agency in September. By contrast, the interim government of PM Jan Fischer, PM Necas' predecessor, was trusted by 64% of the Czechs in May. According to the June poll by the STEM agency, some 53% of the Czechs aged over 18 and about 58% of those who voted in the May 28-29 elections would vote confidence in the coalition government of PM Petr Necas if they were to decide the confidence vote. The September STEM poll showed that the current government allies would gain a majority of 108 votes in the 200-seat parliament's lower house if the general elections were held now. However, the poll also showed that the government coalition parties are losing support - the centre-right senior government party was to get 6 seats fewer than currently (56), while conservative TOP 09 and centrist VV (Public Affairs) - each 2 seats fewer (currently they have 41 and 24 mandates, respectively). By contrast, the centre-left opposition party CSSD (Social Democrats) would have gained 7 seats more (56 at present) and the leftist KSCM (Communist) - 3 more (26 at present). At the same time, President Vaclav Klaus is supported by 72% of those polled, up by 5pps against his backing in May in the CVVM poll. The trust and appreciation of the work of the parliament's lower house rose considerably against May - by 12pps to 30% in September. The parliament's upper house was backed by 25% of those surveyed, up by 4pps against May. The work of the regional authorities is assessed positively by 43% of those polled, while that of the local town halls - by 58%.

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