Prague - The Czechs trust the military most of all public institutions and they trust churches the least of all, according to a fresh public opinion poll released by the CVVM agency.
The military is trusted by about 60 percent and mistrusted by 32 percent of Czechs, while churches are trusted by 26 percent and mistrusted by 65 percent, the poll showed.
"After a sharp decline in people´s confidence in churches in the second half of 2013, the number of those trustful has slightly risen now. In spite of this, the respondents still view churches as the least trustworthy of all monitored institutions," CVVM said.
The then government pushed a law on returning the confiscated property to churches narrowly through parliament in late 2012. The law, unpopular with a majority of Czechs, came into force as from January 2013.
The poll showed that a relative high confidence is enjoyed by radio stations, which are trusted by 55 percent of Czechs.
Those trustful have also slightly outnumbered the mistrustful in the case of non-profit organisations, the poll showed.
People´s trust in radio and TV stations and the press gradually declined from 2011, but the fresh poll showed no change against the previous poll from September 2013. The position of the press has even slightly improved, CVVM said.
The Czechs are split in their approach to the police, unions, courts and the Internet.
"People´s confidence in the military, police and courts has profoundly changed in the past two decades. Now it is far higher than in the second half of the 1990s. People´s trust in the military reached a record high last September. In the fresh poll it dropped to the level of 2012 and early 2013," CVVM said.
The CVVM conducted the poll on 1061 people between March 3-9.
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