Poll: Four out of five Czechs say Havel was a good president


Nearly four out of five Czechs believe Václav Havel was a good president, according to a poll released by the CVVM agency. Roughly three out of four Slovaks held the same opinion. The poll suggests that public opinion of the work and personality of the late president is consistently high throughout Central Europe, with the most critical responses given in the former Czechoslovakia and almost none in Poland, while in Hungary 44% responded that they did not know Havel. Of the Czech respondents, Communist party supporters most often held a critical attitude towards Havel, though most of them agreed with the statement that he was a significant defender of human rights and a good president.