Poll: majority of Czechs worried about worsening economic situation
A new poll by the Media Research agency has suggested that a majority of Czechs – 83 percent – are worried a renewed economic crisis will hit the Czech Republic. Most, however, favour solutions affecting only some social groups, such as the rich, who they feel could be more heavily taxed or civil servants, who could be laid off. Many of those queried rejected solutions such as cuts into monthly pensions. According to the poll, 60 percent said they were putting savings aside. The results were published a day after the country’s finance minister, Miroslav Kalousek, warned the Czech economy could contract by up to 2 percent in 2012, meaning the state budget could lose between 30 and 50 billion crowns.