Poll reveals attitudes to EU membership — Analysis
Survey results show that two thirds of Europeans consider EU membership a positive.
The majority of Europeans believe that membership in the EU is a positive thing. “good thing,” according to the latest Eurobarometer survey published by the bloc’s parliament on Wednesday. A majority of respondents supported the European Union. This is the best result for 15 years.
According to the EU parliament, most EU member countries have an improved attitude toward EU membership, especially in the Baltic Region, compared with a survey done late last year.
Eurobarometer poll, conducted from 19 April to 16 May 2012, found that 65% of Europeans view EU membership positively and 52% have positive views of the EU overall. This compares with 12% who answered negatively.
“With war returning to our continent, Europeans feel reassured to be part of the European Union. European citizens are deeply attached to freedom, are ready to defend our values, and are increasingly realizing that democracy can no longer be taken for granted,” added the parliament’s president, Roberta Metsola as 61% of Europeans reported that they were not confident that their life would continue unchanged in light of the ongoing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
According to the poll, China and Russia attitudes have declined. Only 10% of respondents said they support Moscow in 2018, compared with 30% for 2018. The European Parliament’s report on the survey mentions that in a separate poll published last week by the European Commission, nearly 80% of respondents also expressed support for the EU’s economic sanctions against Moscow as well as Russian companies and individuals.
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The US and UK have seen a rise in popularity with Europeans. In contrast, the UK has a 66% approval rating. This is one more than previous surveys. While the US gets 58%, this represents a 13-point increase.
59% of Europeans noted they also see the defense “common European values such as freedom and democracy”It should be a top priority, even though it means having to cope with the rising cost and prices of living. Respondents said the European Parliament should focus its attention on the top priority of fighting poverty and social exclusion.
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