RE: [Slovak-World] Export democracy?
- Interesting poll.
[mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Martin Votruba
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2005 12:05 PM
To: Slovak World
Subject: [Slovak-World] Export democracy?
Many Americans as well as Slovaks ponder the issue of whether and how
to help the downfall of totalitarian regimes abroad. Should Slovakia
help spread democracy in the world? Yes, if it doesn't cost us,
seems to be the general attitude in Slovakia according to a recent
poll. Why should the Slovaks help at all?
To make the world safer - 38%
We've had a totalitarian system, so we should help others - 21%
To enhance Slovakia's international standing - 18%
To prevent refugees from those countries coming here - 13%
While the Slovaks, like most Europeans, were overwhelmingly opposed
to Bratislava's participation in the invasion of Iraq, 73% said that
Slovakia should help other countries to become more democratic. That
Should tax money be used to help that? No: 49%
Should we help if it harms Slovakia's economic interests? No: 68%
The Slovaks are noticeably more ready to export democracy to the
Russians and Belarusians (68%-70%) than to the Chinese (52%).
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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