Prague, Feb 9 (CTK) – Most Czechs believe that the political situation worsened last year, and many also assess the mood in Czech society negatively, but their fear of migrants has declined, compared to the preceding year, according to a CVVM poll conducted in January.

The respondents mostly said the economic development, the labour market and their own living standard improved last year.

According to 52 percent of those polled, the political situation in the Czech Republic deteriorated in 2017, while 8 percent called it better than in 2016.

In a similar poll a year ago, the situation in the preceding year was assessed as deteriorating by 42 percent of the respondents.

In the latest poll, about a half of the people said the mood in society worsened last year.

In 2018, the largest part of the respondents assessed the development of the political situation negatively, while in 2017, the largest share of negative assessments related to people’s fears of immigration.

In 2017, 65 percent of the respondents said the situation in the field of immigration deteriorated in 2016, and 54 percent said the state security worsened.

In the fresh poll, immigration and state security deteriorated in 2017 according to 42 percent and 32 percent of those polled, respectively.

Sixty percent, more than a year ago, said the situation on the labour market improved in 2017, and only 8 percent said that unemployment worsened.

Positive assessments have prevailed over the negative in relation to unemployment and to the country’s economic performance in the last three years.

For the first time since 2002, positive answers prevailed now in people’s assessment of their living standard, as 25 percent said it improved in 2017, while 23 percent said it worsened.