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Poll: Czechs say state should secure work for those who want it

29 November 2012

Prague, Nov 28 (CTK) - Most Czechs, 72 percent, hold the opinion that the state should secure jobs for those who desire them, a poll conducted by the agency STEM has revealed.

One-third of them were unambiguous about it. This opinion has more or less prevailed over the past 20 years.

The opinion is mostly held by left wing voters but also more than a half of right wing voters agree with it.

Most people think that having some unemployment is a good thing as it makes people more responsible and people exhibit a respect for work. Only about one-tenth of those polled said they were sure about that.

Back in 1993, some unemployment was viewed positively by around 80 percent of the population but then the share was gradually falling to oscillate around 60 percent over the past 10 years. In the past three years the rates rank among the lowest, the polling agency said.

The STEM surveys show that the opinion that the unemployed do not want to work was widespread at a time when the independent Czech Republic was established in 1993 and the jobless rate was very low and again in 2007 and 2008 when the economy was rising.

At a time when unemployment is growing to a 10 percent level, the share of the population who sees the unemployed as those not really wanting to work is kept below 40 percent, and currently is at 39 percent.

The poll was performed among 1,062 respondents over 18 between October 27 and November 5.

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