Fifty-four per cent of Bulgarians see the country’s EU membership as a good thing, according to a Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament.
However, this puts Bulgaria in the second-lowest place, with only Hungary lower, at 49 per cent.
Of the Bulgarians polled, 10 per cent saw the country’s EU membership as a bad thing – the same as the EU average – while 33 per cent saw it as neither good nor bad, higher than the 20 per cent EU average.
Enthusiasm for EU membership was highest in Ireland (84 per cent) and Denmark (81 per cent).
Sixty-eight per cent of European citizens believe their country’s EU membership to be a good thing,
The first results of the telephone survey conducted with 26,071 respondents in the EU27 show a continuous increase in support for the European Union.
While 60 per cent of respondents interviewed in the April 2018 Eurobarometer survey found EU membership to be a good thing, this result rose to 62 per cent in September 2018 and again to 68 per cent in the Flash Eurobarometer survey released on December 10.
The current legislature of the European Parliament has thus witnessed almost continuously increasing support for the European Union, including encouraging positive developments in many member states, the EP said in a statement.
As the 2019 European elections are getting closer, 47 per cent of respondents recall having heard recently about the European elections in the media. Conversely, 52 per cent of respondents cannot recall having heard anything about the European elections in the news lately.
Among Bulgarians, 44 per cent recalled seeing or hearing something in the media about the European Parliament elections, according to the poll.
Fifty-three per cent of Bulgarians had a very positive image of the EU, 25 per cent were neutral and 19 per cent had a negative image of the bloc, the poll found./IBNA