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Survey: 70% Distrust Govt with Crisis

Ljubljana, 01 February (STA) - Slovenians do not trust their government to successfully fight the crisis, a poll in Monday's issue of daily Delo showed. As many as 70.2% of those polled do not think the government is capable of dealing with the crisis in the coming months.

Only 24.3% of those questioned believe the government will turn the tide with its measures and reforms in the coming months, while 5.5% were undecided.

The percentage of those who trust the government is somewhat higher among older respondents and pensioners; 35% of these believe the government will deal with the crisis successfully.

Among those who support coalition parties, 47% trust the government will get the country successfully through the current downturn, while 51% do not. Among potential voters of opposition parties, only 12% are confident the government will be successful.

Most respondents believe the coalition is strong enough to stay in government after one of the coalition leaders, Karl Erjavec, resigned as minister of the environment and spatial planning. However, the percentage is quite low.

While 44.4% said the coalition was still strong enough, 38.7% disagreed and 16.9% were undecided. In early January, when proceedings for Erjavec's dismissal started, 69% of those questioned said the coalition was strong enough to govern.

The poll was carried out by the publisher's polling agency Delo Stik over the phone on 27 and 28 January; 556 people answered questions.

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