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Poll: Many Czechs say they had better life under Communism

ČTK |
21 November 2011

Prague, Nov 20 (CTK) - Roughly 28 percent of Czechs say they were better off under the Communist regime, according to a poll conducted by the polling institute SC&C and released Sunday.

Only 23 percent said they had a better life now.

More goods in shops, open borders and better cultural offer are considered the biggest successes of the system that was installed after 1989.

On the other hand, the voucher privatisation, the worsening of human relations and work of the civil service are its biggest flaws, most Czechs said.

The poll, commissioned by the public broadcaster Czech Television, was conducted on a sample of 623 Czechs over 18.

A total of 28 percent said they had been better off under the Communist regime, while 23 percent said the opposite.

Some 17 percent said the situation was the same. The rest was unable to give any reply.

The previous regime was assessed as better by 31 percent of Czechs, while roughly the same proportion, 32 percent, preferred the existing system.

One-fifth said it was the same.

The pollsters said there were significant discrepancies between the "contemporaries" and those who only came of age after the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

There were also significant differences between the residents of Prague and those of the rest of the Czech Republic, those with higher education and with lower education and the voters of the right and the left.

Nine-in-ten are of the view that much better conditions for corruption arose after 1989.

Some two-thirds of those polled said leading politicians were less corrupt under the Communist regime than now.

Some 56 percent said Czech democracy was not working comparably with democracies in advanced countries. The opposite view is held by 44 percent of Czechs.

Some 92 percent of Czechs consider successes a better offer of goods, 89 percent the opening of borders and 81 percent a richer cultural offer.

When it comes to failures, 75 percent of Czechs cited the voucher privatisation, 72 percent human relations and 63 percent the work of the civil service.

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