Poll: Majority supports gov’t collapse, new elections

A slight majority of poll respondents sees new elections as the best way forward, but say ousting six embattled ministers first may help

Protikandidátem současného předsedy Věcí veřejných Radka Johna (vpravo) na tuto funkci v květnových volbách může být sám Vít Bárta, faktický vůdce VV. | na serveru Lidovky.cz | aktuální zprávy Protikandidátem současného předsedy Věcí veřejných Radka Johna (vpravo) na tuto funkci v květnových volbách může být sám Vít Bárta, faktický vůdce VV. | foto: © ČTKČeská pozice
Protikandidátem současného předsedy Věcí veřejných Radka Johna (vpravo) na tuto funkci v květnových volbách může být sám Vít Bárta, faktický vůdce VV.

Most people would like to see the current government collapse, followed by new elections, a public opinion poll conducted April 14–15 by the Center for Analysis and Empirical Studies (SANEP) shows. Fewer than one in 10 support the idea of a Civic Democrat (ODS)–TOP 09 minority government.

Some 51.3 percent overall favor new elections as the best way to move forward and resolve the government crisis, but supporters for the parties in the current center-right coalition split drastically. The strongest support — 52.2 percent — came from junior coalitoin member Public Affairs (VV) supporters, while 20.6 percent of junior coalition member TOP 09 voters and 6.1 percent of coalition leader ODS voters thought this was the best solution. The poll did not give a breakdown of opposition party supporters.

“VV voters hold the same opinion as the majority of the population. A demise of the government and early elections is seen as the best solution to the government crisis,” SANEP said in its report.

What is the best step to resolve the government crisis?

Another option is to resolve the crisis is the removal of six ministers: Transport Minister Vít Bárta (VV), Interior Minister Radek John (VV), Education Minister Josef Dobeš (VV), Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09), Agriculture Minister Ivan Fuksa (ODS) and Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (ODS). Only 13.5 percent of all respondents listed this as the best option. Just 12.3 percent favored the dismissal or resignation of three VV ministers — John, Dobeš and Bárta.

The least popular option was to have a minority government of the ODS and TOP 09 with support from the main opposition center-left Social Democrats (ČSSD).

While it was not seen as the best option, some 54.6 percent of respondents did say that it would be “helpful” for the government if the six ministers left. A coalition government without the six ministers, however, would have the trust of less than one in three respondents. Some 12.2 percent said “yes” and an additional 19.9 percent said “rather yes” to this question — totaling 31.1 percent. Together, 49 percent would not have trust in the government.

Would it be ‘helpful’ if six ministers left the gov’t?

Would you trust a gov't without the six ministers?

The level of confidence in a government without the six embattled ministers varied greatly among party lines. “Surprisingly,  a government without the [six] ministers would have trust from 61.4 percent of ODS voters. Likewise … 44.1 of TOP 09 voters agreed as did 48.1 percent of voters for Public Affairs,” SANEP said. The poll did not rank the level of support among opposition party supporters.

The poll had 1,912 respondents between the ages of 18 and 69. The margin of error is 1.5 percent, according to SANEP.