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.
Eurobarometer surveys have been carried out since 1973. Regular spring and autumn surveys are carried out annually, as well as various other polls and studies throughout the year. Fieldwork for this survey was carried out in April and May 2001.
The full results of the spring 2001 Eurobarometer will be published in September and will cover a wide range of further questions.