Less than a quarter of Europeans support the EU “as it has been realised so far,” according to a new Eurobarometer poll.
Eurobarometer, which is the official polling body of the European Commission, released the findings in its Spring 2021 survey.
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“Something needs to give,” the report reads.
“50% of Europeans want reforms. A near quarter (23%) support the EU ‘as it has been realised so far’, while 47% ’are in favour, but not the way it has been realised until now’.”
The number of Europeans dissatisfied with the EU in its current form has increased by 3% since the last time this survey was conducted.
Moreover, around 30% of respondents responded with negative views of the EU, with 23% saying they have strong euroscepticism, but could change their opinion if radical reform was introduced. 5% of respondents said they were opposed to the concept of the EU in general.
Only 44% – less than half – of Europeans are satisfied with the solidarity of the EU.
Moreover, less than half of Europeans – 48% – are satisfied with the EU’s handling of the covid-19 crisis. 12% were “not at all satisfied.”
One in three EU citizens are pessimistic about the Union’s future, with only 6% labelling themselves as “very optimistic.”
Ireland ranked as the #1 EU member state most satisfied with the bloc’s handling of democracy, at 77%. The lowest was Greece, at 39%.