Poll shows Czechs are "nostalgic for communism"

For the first time since the Czech Republic was formed, a third of its citizens claim that the communist regime was better than the current government.

Source: Beta

The support for democracy has fallen to just 46 percent.

In a new poll conducted by the STEM agency, 22 percent of Czechs marked the totalitarian regime and democracy after 23 years of transition as equally bad or good.

33 percent now claim that the communist rule was better, while in the previous poll a year ago that figure was 27 percent.

In the previous survey, 53 percent of respondents said that democracy was better - that number is now down to 46 percent, the worst score for the country's transition and development after the so-called Velvet Revolution in 1992.

The worst opinions on the democratic system were previously heard in 1997 when the government of then prime minister, now outgoing Czech President Vaclav Klaus, struggled with an economic crisis, and later that year was collapsed due to a scandal over the deceased and fake sponsors of Klaus' Civic Democratic Party.

The greatest confidence in the current structure of the country was expressed in 1992, when the communist regime was judged to be worse by 69 percent of Czechs, and in 2004, when the country joined the European Union - which also launched an anti-corruption campaign.

At that point, the number of supporters of a democratic system was 60 percent.

The nostalgia for the previous regime and the phrase "it was better under the Communists" makes it comeback in the Czech Republic periodically, and as the agency's regular polls show, this is tied to economic crises, reflecting a desire for the kind of social safety that was guaranteed in socialism.

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