Few Slovenians Trust New Cabinet, Banks, RM Poll Shows

One in three Slovenians trust the new government of Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek, while even fewer have faith in the nation’s banks, which are at the center of concern the country may be forced to seek a bailout.

Bratusek’s week-old Cabinet was trusted by 31.6 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by RM Plus. Twenty percent trust banks, including Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d. and Nova Kreditna Banka Maribor (KBMR) d.d. The survey was carried among 700 people between March 22-25 with a 3.5 percent margin of error and published in the Maribor-based Vecer newspaper today.

Slovenia’s government pledged to continue with austerity measures that have failed to stem a rise in bond yields to record highs as investors worry the Alpine nation will follow Cyprus as the next euro-region country to require a bailout.

European Union officials are striving to contain a debt crisis that prompted Cyprus to join Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain in agreeing on a bailout.

To contact the reporter on this story: Boris Cerni in Ljubljana at bcerni@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net

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