Half of Czech voters expect a crisis in the European Union and Western civilization within their lifetime, said new poll conducted by the NMS agency.
Published in the daily Pravo newspaper, the poll suggested that 71% of those aged between 45 and 55 years, who have been around long enough to see how Europe has changed over the years, consider such a crisis a realistic threat.
Younger people from 18 to 45 are a little more optimistic. Nonetheless, half of them still believe there is a threat to their way of life.
The poll also suggests that one third of people fear another economic crash, with more than a half of people believing politicians have not learnt a lesson from the last economic crisis and that they are repeating the same mistakes.
Also, two-thirds of Czechs fear that immigration from Muslim countries and from Africa will be one of the reasons for the crisis and 45 percent fear indebtedness, a monetary crisis and political instability.
Moreover, the sources said that only 2% of the people believe that there are no problems which could cause either a collapse of the EU and Western society or cause them to be fundamentally transformed.
The Czechs headed to the polls on Friday and Saturday to elect a new Prime Minister. Frontrunner Andrej Babis has said that “we must reform the EU and stop illegal immigration” and that if he becomes Prime Minister, he will refuse to join the Euro, stating that the currency only “gives Brussels another area for meddling”.
The central European country has enjoyed rapid economic growth, a balanced budget and the lowest unemployment in the European Union, but opinion polls nevertheless show strong voter support for Babis's ANO movement and other protest parties. Founded and tightly controlled by the 63-year-old billionaire, ANO - which means ‘yes’ in Czech - has won support from both right and left with promises to cut taxes, turf out corrupt politicians and bring business-style efficiency to government.
The poll was conducted on a sample of 1000 respondents at the end of September.