Athens, December 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The most disappointed people of the European Union continue to be the Greeks according to the Standard Eurobarometer of Autumn 2015.
Specifically, 60% of the Greeks who took part in the survey felt dissatisfied with their lives, compared to 19% average in the EU-28.
Also, 83% of the Greeks do not have confidence in the future. In EU-28 the figure is 32% and 34% in the eurozone.
92% felt they were better off in the past compared to 55% in the EU and 57% in the eurozone.
70%, however, of Greeks are in favor of the Single Economic and Monetary Union and the Euro (EE-28: 56%) and 80% in favour of the free movement of European citizens.
In what concerns the professional status of the Greeks, 52% says it is “bad” (compared with 25% in the EU 28 and 26% in the Eurozone), while 70% of respondents believe that the next 12 months will become worse, a measure increase by 18 percentage points since the Eurobarometer of Spring 2015.
Similarly, regarding the financial situation of their household, 76% of the Greeks said they consider it “bad” and 58% expressed the view that it will get worse next year (also +18% compared to the spring of 2015).
At a national level, 97% of the respondents view the state of the greek economy as bad, while 70% believe it will get worse in the next 12 months, a rate increased by 24% compared to the previous Eurobarometer.
Indeed, the impressive rate of 99% of the Greeks believes that the status of employment in the country is “bad” compared with an average of 67% in the EU-28 and 71% in the eurozone.
Moreover, according to the findings of the Standard Eurobarometer, Greeks consider as the most important problems of the EU, the immigration (52%) and the economic situation (36%) and believe that the biggest problem the country is facing is unemployment (55%).
70% of the Greeks are in favour of the Single Economic and Monetary Union and the Euro (EE-28: 56%) and 80% in favour of the free movement of European citizens.
Moreover, 77% of the respondents answered that things are going in the wrong direction in Greece (+28% compared to the corresponding findings of the spring of 2015), while equally large proportion tends to have no confidence in the government (82%) or in the EU (81%).
As regards the EU, 45% of the respondents said that it goes to the “wrong” direction for resolving the crisis and dealing with major international challenges, and 26% to the “right”.
This view seems to be shared by the other Europeans, because if one considers the European average, responses were diametrically opposed (45% “good” and 28% “wrong”).
In general, the report and the figures published today show that the perception of European citizens as regards the continuous improvement of the economic situation: 40% of citizens are of the view that the national situation is good, thus recording increase of two percentile points from the survey conducted in the spring of 2015 and published last July.
Moreover, the issue of migration appears as the most important issue the EU is currently faced with, an increase of 20 percentile points in the last six months. Migration is the most important issue for the citizens in all Member States except Portugal.
At the same time, public support for the free movement of persons within the EU remains strong, indicating that the public recognizes the difference between immigration and the free movement of persons.
The study also demonstrates that terrorism is a source of growing concern after the attacks that occurred in Paris.