Sociologists said about the declining popularity of the EU in Europe


According to a survey conducted among 10 thousand inhabitants of ten countries of the EU American company Pew Research Center, in the UK 51% of the population positively evaluate the EU’s role. In France, this opinion is shared by 38% of the population. Thus in 2004, the EU positively evaluated 69% of the French.

A strong drop in support for the EU in 12 years occurred in Spain — now the approval rating of the EU is 47% compared to 80% in 2004.

The median percentage of approval role of the EU in ten countries, according to the survey, is just over half — 51%. 42% of survey participants advocate for the return of some powers to the national level, 19% for delegating more powers to Brussels, and 27% for the preservation of the status quo.

The highest disapproval rating of the EU, according to the survey, is observed in Greece — 71%. The most committed supporters of the European Union were Poland, Hungary and Italy (72%, 61% and 58% approval, respectively).

Pew Research also found that among Europeans from 18 to 34 years, the share of supporters of EU is higher than in other age groups. Just below the approval rating of the EU in all 10 countries where the survey was conducted among people over the age of 50.

The EU countries are for the most part disapprove of Brussels on economic issues, but also on the issue of migrants. In particular, in Greece the percentage of disapproval of the economic policies is 92%, migration — 94%.

Among the respondents, there is almost no doubt that a British exit would damage the unit — so say from 89% in Sweden to 57% in Italy.

In the UK 23 June, there will be a referendum on whether the country should remain in the EU. According to the survey, aggregated by Bloomberg as of June 3, 47.1% of Brits in favour of the country staying in the EU, 43 and 8% — for an exit from the block. More than 9% of respondents have not yet decided on the decision.