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Poll: Power and property Czechs’ main motives to join politics

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Prague, March 16 (CTK) – The desire to gain power and wealth, or possibly the wish to personally excel are the main motives for joining politics, more than a half of Czechs believe, while the wish to deal with society problems is considered the least frequent motive, according to a CVVM poll released to CTK yesterday.
Less than a half of respondents consider the desire to push through the interests of one’s own political party and the opportunity to influence public affairs important motives for entering politics, the February poll found out.
One third of inhabitants believe that the desire to push through the interests of befriended groups is a significant reason for people to join politics.
“Only a small part of the public believe that idealistic motives, such as pushing through one’s own ideas of the ideal arrangement of society and assistance in dealing with problems in society are ‘definitely important’ for politicians. Only one fifth of the polled believe so in the former case and one tenth in the latter,” the CVVM said.
The percentage of people ascribing profit seeking to politicians has increased since last year. “Over a longer period of time, the share has come close to the 2012 data when it reached record heights,” the CVVM said.
At the same time, the percentage of people attaching a high importance to politicians’ effort to contribute to finding solutions to problems in society has decreased this year.

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