26 out of 27 countries think being part of the EU is a good thing

Put another way, 1/27 Member States’ population thinks that being part of the EU is not a good thing – can you guess which country this one is? That’s right, us! The Island. Sigh.

The below table show the support for EU membership, as a percentage of persons surveyed, EU-27 (February 2010)

Country Good thing (%) Bad thing (%)
Belgium (BE) 78 19
Bulgaria (BG) 59 22
Czech Republic (CZ) 55 41
Denmark (DK) 53 44
Germany (DE) 66 29
Estonia (EE) 63 32
Ireland (IE) 86 8
Greece (EL) 63 36
Spain (ES) 62 31
France (FR) 69 28
Italy (IT) 63 28
Cyprus (CY) 63 34
Latvia (LV) 53 44
Lithuania (LT) 52 37
Luxembourg (LU) 80 18
Hungary (HU) 66 24
Malta (MT) 66 27
Netherlands (NL) 81 18
Austria (AT) 71 23
Poland (PL) 46 42
Portugal (PT) 61 25
Romania (RO) 71 14
Slovenia (SI) 86 11
Slovakia (SK) 88 10
Finland (FI) 81 18
Sweden (SE) 52 44
United Kingdom (UK) 28 65

Can you spot the odd one out? Can this be explained through the media? Can this be explained through politics? My thoughts on the UK and why we have such an odd relationship with the EU can be found here.


Filed under EU politics, Politics

3 responses to “26 out of 27 countries think being part of the EU is a good thing

  1. docrichard

    Good post. As things stand, 49% would vote Britain out of Europe, 40% prefer to stay in. http://bit.ly/vgfDyr . 28% of voters aged 18-24 would vote to quit the EU. 63% of those aged 65+. Given that rightish newspaper readers outnumber leftish newspaper readers 3:1 in the UK, this is not surprising. http://www.mediauk.com/article/32696/the-most-popular-newspapers-in-the-uk

    The effect of newspapers is to influence what people think is important. Democracy only works effectively if voters have access to correct, balanced information. We desperately need reform of media ownership, restricting ability of one man or one corporation to own more than one national newspaper, or more than say five local newspapers.


    • Duncan

      The dominant media organisation in the UK is the BBC which is very pro Europe. Surely this outweighs all propaganda from newspapers, no matter their views. Indeed, I know no-one who takes the views of newspapers seriously but many people still believe that the BBC is impartial.


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