A new Czech survey shows that 38.4 percent of Czechs support right-wing parties compared to 22.1 percent who support left-wing ones, with the share of left-wing support declining since 2013.
The survey, conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM), showed that 27.8 percent of respondents belong in the middle of the political spectrum.
Especially in 2012 and 2013, people leaned more towards the left.
“Since the end of 2013, we can see a steady and very significant decline on the left, which, despite the slowdown, continued in the last year, reducing the share of the left from more than two-fifths to the current state of less than a quarter,” the survey states.
The right-wing supporters vote mostly Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09. Political affiliation is also affected by the level of education respondents have. With higher education, the share of people leaning towards the right increases. Support for the left is more common among people with elementary education.
“ANO voters are more often on the right than on the left,” states the CVVM about the government party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
In the case of Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL), the share of supporters of the left and the right is similar. A relatively high number of KDU-ČSL voters also consider themselves to be in the center of the political spectrum.
The proportion of those preferring left-wing parties increases with age. Among people of 60 and older, almost two-fifths support the left or the center. Among those under 45 years old, it is only one-tenth. With 22 percent, the share of undecided people is the highest among Czechs aged 15 to 29.
According to statisticians, how people view their standard of living is also a very important factor. Respondents with a poor standard of living tend to lean towards the left of the spectrum.
Title image: A woman wears a Czech flag as a mask as demonstrators gather to protest the COVID-19 preventative measures downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)