Majority of Czechs agree austerity measures needed, but would save elsewhere

The majority of Czechs agree that austerity measures need to be taken to cut the deficit in public finances but are divided over the measures proposed by the government. According to the results of a survey conducted by the STEM/MARK agency, 7 percent of Czechs support the proposed measures without reservations, while another 25 percent agree with selected parts of the proposal. Forty-two percent of respondents say austerity measures are necessary, but they would save money in other areas than those proposed by the government. Twenty-four percent of Czechs reject the idea of introduccing austerity measures as such. Two thirds of respondents also expressed the view that the measures were badly communicated.