The EU’s latest Eurobarometer shows relative stability in what Europeans think about different aspects of the EU. The main changes are a rise in the trust of the Commission by the Danes and a decline in Spain; a decline in EU membership support in Belgium and the Netherlands; and a decline in Spain on whether the country benefits from EU membership.
The main results of the poll are (differences with autumn survey in brackets):
- 48% think belonging to the EU is a good thing (- 2%)
- 45% state they benefit from EU membership (- 2%)
- 45% say they have trust in the European Commission (- 1%)
- 59% support the euro (+ 4%), 66% in the euro-12
- 65% support the EU common foreign policy (no change)
- 73% support the EU common defense/security policy (no change)
- 43% support enlargement (- 1%)
The main changes compared to the poll in autumn 2000 are a rise in the trust of the Commission by the Danes (+ 8%) and a decline in Spain (- 8%). A decline in EU membership support is most noticeable in Belgium (- 8%) and the Netherlands (- 8%). The Spanish (- 10%) show the biggest decline in support on whether their country benefits from EU membership, but their support for a common foreign policy rose the most (+ 4%).
Although the percentages are rising, the UK remains the country with the lowest support percentages (e.g. 25% for euro). The Greeks (e.g. 87% for defense and security policy) and the Irish (e.g. 83% state they benefit from EU membership) remain the greatest EU supporters. Support for the euro is highest in Italy (83%). Luxembourg (64%) has the most trust in the European Commission.