Two Thirds of EU Citizens Positive about EU Membership - Survey
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
65% of the EU population see their EU membership as a good thing - the highest result since 2007.
EU membership is positively assessed by a relative majority of Europeans in all Member States except Greece and Slovakia, where the majority find it "neither a good nor a bad thing," states Eurobarometer.
Since the previous survey in late 2021, the positive attitude towards EU membership has increased in Lithuania (+ 20%), Malta (+ 12%), and Estonia (+ 9%).
52% of Europeans have a positive image of the EU, against 12% negative. It is the best result since 2007. National results for a positive EU image range from 76% in Ireland to 32% in Greece.
Only 10% of Europeans see Russia positively (against 30% in 2018), China - 22% (36% in 2018). By contrast, Europeans have a more positive image of the UK (65%, +1 pp) followed by the USA with 58% (+13 pp).
The war in Ukraine has also affected Europeans' perceptions of their lives: 61% of Europeans are not confident that their life will continue unchanged, and only 37% believe it would.
In addition, 80% of EU citizens support sanctions against Russia, and the majority of the population of 22 member states is satisfied with Brussels' response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The European Parliament’s spring 2022 Eurobarometer was carried out between 19 April and 16 May 2022 among 26.578 respondents in the 27 EU Member States.
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