Almost Third of Slovaks Consider Slovakia’s Economy to Be Good

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Bratislava, March 10 (TASR) – According to a Eurobarometer survey, Slovaks perceive the economic situation in Slovakia and the EU more positively than in the past, and most people still support the common euro currency and the Energy Union, TASR learnt on Thursday.

Almost a third (30 percent) of the respondents saw Slovakia’s economy to be good, while two thirds (66 percent) are of the exact opposite opinion. The EU’s economic situation is considered to be good by 51 percent of Slovaks.

More than half of Slovaks are pleased with their job situation (54 percent) and with their financial situation (55 percent). Meanwhile, the blended EU average for a positive perception in these two areas was 68 percent.

As many as 78 percent of Slovaks – mainly students, educated people, managers and people between 25-39 years of age – are in favour of the common euro currency. The least support of the euro was found among the unemployed (58 percent). Support for the euro, however, dropped from 81 percent recorded in 2014. The EU average in this respect is far lower than in Slovakia – 56 percent.

Common energy policies are favoured by 70 percent of Slovaks, mostly from the ranks of younger people, students and managers. They (41 percent) think that its main purpose should be to guarantee reasonable prices for energy. Another 30 percent stated environmental protection as a priority, while the focus on development of renewable resources was circled by 28 percent.