Bratislava, February 9 (TASR) – A poll conducted by Focus agency in January has shown that people in Slovakia have the most trust in President Andrej Kiska (52.6 percent), Parliamentary Chairman and Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Andrej Danko (33.2 percent), and Parliamentary Vice-chairman and Most-Hid head Bela Bugar (31 percent).
The agency assessed the degree of trust and mistrust in selected politicians – the most senior constitutional officials and the chairs of political parties that have long exceeded the threshold required for seats in parliament.
Chairmen of Opposition parties Freedom and Solidarity/SaS Richard Sulik (30.7 percent) and We Are Family Boris Kollar (30.5 percent) also finished ahead of Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) on 29.5 percent.
They were followed at a greater distance by Opposition OLaNO leader Igor Matovic (26.5 percent) and chairman of the extra-parliamentary Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Alojz Hlina (18.9 percent). Leader of the far-right LSNS Marian Kotleba enjoys the confidence of 13.6 percent of Slovaks, and he’s also viewed as the most untrustworthy politician, with 82.4 percent of the respondents expressing mistrust in him.
According to the survey, the second least trustworthy politician is Matovic (70 percent), followed by Fico (67.7 percent), Hlina (67 percent), Kollar and Bugar (64.7 percent each), Sulik (64.6 percent), and Danko (63.1 percent). The lowest level of distrust was expressed in relation to Kiska (44 percent).
The Focus survey was carried out between January 23-28 on a sample of 1,012 respondents. Those polled were asked the following question: “To what degree do you trust or mistrust the following politicians?”