Prague - Czechs have assessed the first 100 days of Bohuslav Sobotka's cabinet with "worse three" mark on average on the scale from one to five, while one is the best, according to a poll of the TNS Aisa agency, its director Bronislav Kvasnicka told public Czech Television (CT) today.
Ministři nové vlády - zleva ministryně pro místní rozvoj Věra Jourová, ministr zemědělství Marian Jurečka, ministr kultury Daniel Herman, ministryně spravedlnosti Helena Válková, ministr životního prostředí Richard Brabec, ministr financí a vicepremiér pro ekonomiku Andrej Babiš, ministr zahraničí Lubomír Zaorálek, ministr průmyslu a obchodu Jan Mládek, prezident Miloš Zeman, ministr školství Marcel Chládek, ministr vnitra Milan Chovanec, ministr obrany Martin Stropnický, premiér Bohuslav Sobotka, ministryně práce a sociálních věcí Michaela Marksová Tominová, ministr dopravy Antonín Prachař, ministr zdravotnictví Svatopluk Němeček, ministr bez portfeje pro vědu a inovace Pavel Bělobrádek a ministr pro legislativní radu vlády, lidská práva a rovné příležitosti Jiří Dienstbier. ČTK Doležal Michal
Czechs were the most critical of the government´s handling of public finance, while they assessed its pro-European policy most positively.
The coalition government, comprising Sobotka´s Social Democrats, CSSD), ANO movement and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), was appointed on January 29.
In the Questions of Vaclav Moravec political discussion on CT, Sobotka today defended the work of his team. He said the government´s agenda was afflicted by the situation in Ukraine and Russian´s annexation of Crimea.
In addition, the government´s image was harmed by the consequences of the steps taken by the previous centre-right cabinets, Sobotka said. He cited an example of the 0.5-billion-crown fine imposed on the Czech Republic for an overpriced order for the Czech EU presidency in 2009.
A total of 42 percent of respondents were satisfied with the government fulfilling its promises, while 50 percent were dissatisfied.
As expected, supporters of the opposition parties were the most critical of the cabinet.
The government received the best ratings for its promotion of the Czech Republic´s interests in the EU and NATO (4 percent gave it even the best mark - one).
On the other hand, the government´s fight with corruption was most often assessed with the worst marks, four or five (by 44 percent). Almost 50 percent of respondents gave the government the worst marks for its public finance management.
In reaction to it, Sobotka said the government planned a bill on proving the property origin, which the Finance Ministry should submit to the government by June within an amendment to the income tax law.
Another amendment to the VAT law is to introduce a lower VAT rate of 10 percent on medicines, books and diapers, if the EC allows it.
Some 75 percent of the polled support a lower VAT rate, shows the TNS Aisa poll.
Only 22 percent of the polled consider the overall political situation good and 75 percent describe it as bad. This is a standard picture of the dissatisfied Czech public, Kvasnicka said.
TNS Aisa conducted the poll on 1,200 respondents between April 22 and 27.