Romani people are the Czech Republic’s least-liked minority group, relations toward them are deteriorating

Romani people comprise the national minority in the Czech Republic that is liked the least. Of Czech men and women over the age of 15, 78 % dislike Romani people, with only 7 % saying they like them. The relationship of Czech society toward Romani people deteriorated even further during the past year. Ethnic Slovaks, however, continue to be the most-liked minority. These are the results of a March survey of a total of 1 053 respondents on attitudes toward the country’s 16 national minorities, conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Research (Centrum pro výzkum veřejného mínění – CVVM) and provided to the Czech Press Agency.

One year ago, 12 % of Czechs surveyed said they liked Romani people and 74 % said they did not. This March, only 7 % of people over 15 said they like Romani people, while 78 % said they dislike them. A total of 41 % of respondents said they greatly dislike Romani people, who were the least-favored of any national minority, ranked at 5.69 on a scale of 1 to 7.

Albanians are the second least-liked minority in the Czech Republic. Only 15 % of Czechs like Albanians, with 48 % disliking them. They were ranked 4.75 on a scale of 1 to 7. The third least-liked minority, ranked at 4.64, are Ukrainians. Only 20 % of Czechs like them, while 51 % do not.

Czechs like themselves the most, followed by Slovaks; 88 % of people like ethnic Slovaks, with every 25th person expressing dislike for them. They were ranked at 2.16 on the 1 to 7 scale. Czechs evaluated themselves as the most likable, with 89 % saying they liked ethnic Czechs and every 50th person saying they dislike ethnic Czechs. The third most-liked minority are the Poles, with more than two-thirds of respondents liking them and every ninth respondent disliking them. Jewish people came in fourth place, with 13 % of respondents disliking them and 47 % liking them. One-third of Czechs feel antipathy toward Vietnamese people, while 35 % like them.

The authors of the research say Czechs aged between 30 and 44 most frequently like German people. Respondents who evaluated their own standard of living as poor harbor the greatest dislike of Albanians, Bulgarians, Chinese, Germans, Greeks, Hungarians, Jews, Poles, Romanians, Serbians, Ukrainians and Vietnamese. Respondents with a good standard of living expressed the most favor toward Chinese, Germans, Greeks, Jews Romanians and Vietnamese, according to CVVM.

Date: 14.04.2012