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Gallová Kriglerová, E., Kadlečíková, J. (2012), Public opinion towards Right wing extremism in Slovakia (Verejná mienka v oblasti pravicového extrémizmu ),survey conducted by Open Society Foundation, Bratislava

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Type of publication

Survey - quantitative research

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Open Society Foundation

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

General population Right-wing extremists

Key findings

The research explored most frequent manifestations of right-wing extremism, experiences and opinions of people with right-wing extremism and their attitudes to minorities, migrants and cultural diversity. The research revealed that social distance towards migrants is greater than towards autochthonous minorities. Foreign nationals should adjust entirely to the way of life in Slovakia and should only practice their culture (religion, customs) in the privacy of their homes. Up to 69,7% of the respondents said that Muslims should not be allowed to practice their faith at all in Slovakia. Furthermore, 50,5% said mosques should not be allowed to be built in Slovakia. 52,5% said the state should only support immigration of nationalities that culturally close to Slovaks which indicates fear of different cultures, mainly Muslims. Less than 10% of the respondents said Slovakia should take in more refugees.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Combination of quantitative (N=1005) and qualitative research methods. In quantitative part of the research questionnaires with opened and semi-opened questions were used. In the qualitative part five focus groups were conducted. Focus groups were disaggregated by age and education. Topics covered by the research: perception of culturally diverse groups and of cultural diversity as such, ethnocentrism, authoritarian tendencies, social capital, perception of right-wing extremism and R-W movements, experiences with R-W in real life and online.

Sample details and representativeness

1005 respondents representative in terms of age, gender, regional distribution and size of the town/village. Participants of five focus groups were selected to cover different age categories and education levels.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.