Survey: one in six Czechs think people were better off before 1989

One in six Czechs believes that people were better off under communism, according to a survey conducted by STEM/MARK for the Festival of Freedom, a group of civic organizations that traditionally organize the largest events commemorating November 17.

The oldest generation in particular, as well as people with lower education and lower incomes, are sceptical about the post-1989 development after 1989. Some 47 percent of respondents say goods are more expensive and 20 percent says the quality of education has worsened.

On the other hand, the survey also suggests that the majority of Czechs think they have better job opportunities, better living standards, freedom of expression and more opportunities to travel.

Author: Ruth Fraňková