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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Slovaks Choose Putin Over Bush

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- More Slovaks see President Vladimir Putin as a guarantor of democracy in the world than consider U.S. President George W. Bush to be one, a poll released Monday showed.

Of 505 people interviewed by the Markant agency on Feb. 16-17, 43 percent said they viewed Putin as the guarantor of democracy in the world, and only 35.9 percent said they thought of Bush in that way.

No margin of error was given in the poll, which was conducted for daily Sme.

Alexander Duleba, an analyst with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, told Sme he thought Slovaks' answers reflected their disagreements with Bush's decision over the war in Iraq. Duleba also said the result showed poor knowledge of international relations.

The polling agency also asked the respondents whether they agreed with the presence of Slovak troops in Iraq. Only 25.8 percent of respondents said they supported it. Slovakia, a U.S. ally, has more than 100 soldiers in Iraq.