Survey Finds Greeks Want EU but Feel Less European, UK Wants out of EU

Eurobarometer GreeceA recent survey conducted by ORB International asked respondents across 14 different European countries their thoughts on the EU and the Eurozone.

Sixty two percent of Greeks said they would prefer to stay in the European Union if there were a referendum on the matter tomorrow. ORB notes that 12 months ago 54% of the respondents had responded preferably toward the EU.

The United Kingdom’s respondents are the least affectionate toward the Union. 36% would opt to stay while another 43% would leave and 21% did not know. However, when there was no “don’t know” answer option, 54% claimed they would prefer to leave and 46% would stay. This makes the UK the only country in the survey whose respondents would want an exit.

“These results show that the UK really is the black sheep of the family.  Over the last twelve months significantly more of us have felt further removed from Europe (38%) than closer to Europe (13%). Meanwhile, there has also been an increase from 51% to 54% of those with an opinion who would vote to leave the EU. The Prime Ministers negotiations with his European colleagues appear to be crucial in avoiding Brexit,” Johhny Heald, ORB’s Managing Director notes.

Despite their preference for the EU, only 43% of Greek respondents claimed they want the Euro while 44% said they want their own currency; 12% did not know.

However, the most stark sentiment comes when respondents were asked whether they feel more or less European compared to last year. While 17% of Greek respondents that felt more European was close to the survey’s 14 country average of 18%, sixty percent who feel less European is evidently higher compared to the 14 country 28% average.