Half (49 percent) of Central Europeans are dissatisfied with the Brussels-based leadership of the European Union – a public opinion survey carried out by Nézőpont Intézet in Hungary and ten other Central European countries reveals. While the poll also pointed out that 53 percent believe that things are heading in the wrong direction in Europe, three quarters (73 percent) of Central Europeans remain supporters of EU membership.
THREE QUARTERS (73 PERCENT) OF CENTRAL EUROPEANS SUPPORT EU MEMBERSHIP
Nézőpont Intézet carried out a public opinion poll in Hungary and ten other Central European countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). One fifth (18 percent) of the combined population of the ten EU member states participating in the survey would support their country leaving the EU. Remarkably, 31 percent of Czechs, 25 percent of Croats, and 23 percent of both Germans and Slovaks also back this position. Austrians (86 percent) and Poles (84 percent) are most supportive of EU membership. Seven tenths (71 percent) of Hungarians support EU membership, as opposed to only 14 percent who are of the opposite opinion. Six tenths (61 percent) of the population of the non-EU member Serbia supports accession to the community.
53 PERCENT SAY THAT THINGS ARE HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION IN EUROPE
Furthermore, 53 percent of respondents believe that things are heading in the wrong direction in Europe, as opposed to only four tenths (40 percent) who are satisfied in this respect. Romanians (57 percent) and Serbs (52 percent) voiced the most optimistic opinions, while two thirds of Slovaks and Czechs (69 and 64 percent respectively) are dissatisfied with the direction. The share of discontented Hungarians is 68 percent.
HALF (49 PERCENT) OF CENTRAL EUROPEANS ARE DISSATISFIED WITH BRUSSELS
Half (49 percent) of Central Europeans are also discontented with the Brussels-based leadership of the EU, as opposed to only 38 percent who are satisfied in this regard. Satisfaction with the Brussels leadership is highest among Romanians (58 percent), as well as Slovenians and Poles (49 percent each). Slovaks (71 percent), Czechs (69 percent) and Hungarians (57 percent) form the most critical camp, although are remarkable 58 percent of Germans and 50 percent of Austrians are also dissatisfied with Brussels.
Nézőpont Intézet’s public opinion poll was conducted by telephone between 26 September 2017 and 27 October 2017 in Hungary and ten other Central European countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria) by asking 1000 persons in each. The sample is representative by country of the population aged 18 and above by gender, age, region, settlement type and educational attainment. The maximum margin of error is 3.2 percent.