Eurobarometer: Spring 2013 results in the European Year of Citizens

July 24, 2013

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Only half of Europeans in favor of euro: survey

Xinhua

BRUSSELS– Only 51 percent of Europeans are in favor of the euro and only 62 percent of those living in the euro zone supports the single currency, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey released here on Tuesday.

More than half of the Europeans do not know what the rights are , although six out of ten citizens in the EU feel “European” and want to know more about their rights, said the survey.

The results came during the 2013 European Year of Citizens, a year dedicated to improving the awareness about the rights of European citizens. In addition, EU institutions are scheduled to hold general election next year, facing multiple challenges after years of economic crises.

The survey also showed that nearly six out of ten identify the free movement of people, goods and services as the most positive result of the European integration project.

The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews in May among nearly 32,700 people across member states and in candidate countries.

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Spring 2013 Eurobarometer: A greater dose of optimism
According to the latest Eurobarometer survey results published today, six out of ten citizens in the EU feel ‘European’ and want to know more about their rights, but less than half (46%) know what these rights are.

These results come during the 2013 European Year of Citizens – a year dedicated to improving awareness about the rights of European citizens.

Today’s results also show that Europeans see their rights as EU citizens as the most positive result from the EU – almost six in ten people identify the free movement of people, goods and services as the EU’s most positive result.

Despite the crisis, those saying they are optimistic about the EU’s future outnumber those who say they are pessimistic in 19 out of 28 countries, while pessimism about the impact of the crisis on jobs appears to be receding. Almost seven in ten Europeans (67%), with a majority in all Member States, say that the EU’s voice counts in the world.

An absolute majority (51%) of Europeans are in favour of the euro, with those living within the Euro area supporting the single currency with a two-thirds majority (62%). This support is at or near its strongest (between 68% and 77%) in four out of the last five countries to join the Euro area (Estonia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia).

Background
The Spring 2013 Standard Eurobarometer was conducted through face-to-face interviews between 10 and 26 May 2013. A total of 32,694 people were interviewed across the EU Member States and in the candidate countries.

Further information
The First results report published today outlines Europeans’ perceptions of the current economic situation, their main concerns and trust in political institutions. It also covers their opinions on the crisis, the Europe 2020 strategy and issues related to EU citizenship.
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The term ‘Commission’ refers to both the 27 Commissioners and the wider institution itself.

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The standard Eurobarometer was established in 1973. Each survey consists of approximately 1000 face-to-face interviews per country. Reports are published twice yearly. Reproduction is authorized, except for commercial purposes, provided the source is acknowledged.

PUBLIC OPINION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Standard Eurobarometer 79
Spring 2013

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Standard Eurobarometer 79 Spring 2013

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