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69% of Greeks do not trust the EU

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A majority of respondents in 15 Member States trust the EU (compared with 18 in autumn 2017, 15 in spring 2017, 11 in autumn 2016 and nine in spring 2016).

This remains the predominant view in Lithuania (67%), Portugal (57%), Denmark (57%), Luxembourg (56%), Bulgaria (56%), Ireland (54%), Estonia (53%), Finland (53%), Malta (52%), Romania (52%), Sweden (51%), the Netherlands (50% versus 42%), Latvia (49% versus 35%), Germany (49% versus 42%) and Poland (46% versus 41%). In this survey, this has become the minority opinion in Belgium (47% versus 49%, instead of 53% versus 44% in autumn 2017), Hungary (44% versus 50%, instead of 49% versus 43%) and Slovakia (44% versus 45%, instead of 48% versus 43%).

As a result of these evolutions, a majority of respondents now distrust the EU in 13 Member States, with respondents remaining predominantly distrustful in Greece (69%), the United Kingdom (57%), the Czech Republic (56%), France (55%), Cyprus (55%), Italy (51%), Austria (51%), Slovenia (50% versus 44%), Spain (49% versus 42%) and Croatia (49% versus 44%).

The socio-demographic data show that trust in the EU is significantly shaped by the age, education and social position of respondents. The younger generations and the most socially and economically advantaged categories tend to trust it. However, only a minority of respondents aged 40+ and those in the most disadvantaged categories do so.

A majority of 15-24 year-olds (52%), students (57%), those who studied up to the age of 20 and beyond (51%), managers (53%), those who never or almost never have difficulties paying their bills (46% versus 44%) and those who see themselves as upper middle class (58%) or upper class (67%) trust the EU.

In contrast, distrust of the EU is predominant in the following categories: 40-54 year-olds (50% versus 41%), those aged 55+ (50% versus 38%), those who left school at or before the age of 15 (54%), or whose education ended between the ages of 16 and 19 (53%), unemployed people (56%), manual workers (52%), self-employed people (47% versus 45%), those who struggle to pay their bills most of the time (65%) or from time to time (51%), and those who see themselves as working class (54%) or lower middle class (54%). A narrow majority of 25-39 year-olds distrust the EU (46% versus 45%) while a small majority of those who see themselves as middle class do so (47% versus 45%).

source: Eurobarometer 89

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