CEDMO Brief Reveals Low Trust in Democracy Among Slovaks

New insights have emerged regarding the perspectives of Slovaks on democracy in a recent CEDMO survey. The findings reveal a significant lack of trust and dissatisfaction with the functioning of democracy in Slovakia. The survey was conducted by Ipsos, in collaboration with the Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO), in which KInIT is a partnering organization.

The results of the study paint a concerning picture, with only 18% of Slovaks expressing satisfaction with the functioning of democracy in our country. A striking 55% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction, indicating a prevailing lack of trust in democratic institutions. People also feel neglected by the representatives and think that elections can’t change much. 

The survey also indicates that Slovaks are more prone to believing in misinformation compared to Czechs. Approximately one-third of the Slovak population tends to consider false information as true, especially when it relates to the country’s political situation. Concerns about potential election fraud and manipulation further contribute to the erosion of trust in democratic processes.

The survey was conducted on a representative sample of the population aged 18 and above from May 11th to May 16th, 2023 in the Czech Republic, and from May 16th to May 19th, 2023 in Slovakia. A total of 1047 respondents participated in the Czech Republic, while 1004 respondents participated in Slovakia, providing valuable insights into the sentiments and perceptions of Slovaks towards democracy.

You can read the whole brief here.