Poll suggests majority of Czechs would prefer early elections as way out of crisis
Earlier this week, the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, suggested that early elections would be the more expensive option out of the current government crisis, costing around 500 million crowns and sweeping key legislation off the table. So far, it appears his words had little effect. A new poll commissioned by Czech Radio, suggests that early elections – as a way forward – are favoured by a majority of Czechs.
The fact that Czechs favour early elections, strengthened by the recent scandal which brought down the government, is part of a longer trend, says sociologist Daniel Prokop. He points out that similar results appeared in a poll last month – ahead of recent developments.
Even before a corruption and spying scandal brought down the cabinet, the sociologist suggests, many had already made up their minds about the centre-right coalition.
A month ago we had similar results which showed that half of potential voters wanted the government out, and were in favour of early elections. Many people had already lost trust or harboured resentment towards the government. These are sentiments that ran deeper than just the latest scandal.
Meanwhile, there was more apparent bad news on Friday for the Civic Democrats if it does come to early elections: a separate poll conducted by ppm factum suggests that if they were held today, the once dominant right-wing party in Czech politics would gain only eight percent – an historic low. That would leave the scandal-hit party with only 18 MPs in the lower house, a full 35 fewer than now.