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Justice vs Injustice in the EU

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Number of “Total Agree” with the following statement:

I am confident that justice always prevails over injustice in my country (%)

There are six countries where at least half of respondents are confident that justice always prevails over injustice in their country: Austria (63%), Denmark, Germany (both 54%), Luxembourg (53%), Finland (51%) and the Netherlands (50%). Austria is the only country where at least one in five strongly agree (20%), followed by those in Luxembourg (16%), Ireland, Denmark and Germany (all 13%).

In contrast, just 13% in Latvia, 16% in Croatia and 19% in Cyprus and Lithuania also agree. In 17 countries respondents are most likely to disagree, and in eight of these at least half disagree, with respondents in Latvia (64%), Croatia (61%), Cyprus and Lithuania (both 59%) the most likely to disagree. Respondents in Croatia are the most likely to strongly disagree (26%), followed by those in Cyprus and Greece (both 19%).

In 21 countries at least one in five neither agree nor disagree, with respondents in the Czech Republic (33%), Sweden and Slovakia (both 30%) the most likely do so.

 


The majority of respondents in Austria (56%), Germany (55%), Denmark (54%) and Luxembourg (51%), agree with the statement that in their country political decisions are applied consistently to all citizens. In contrast, just 10% in Greece and Cyprus, 14% in Croatia and Slovenia and 16% in Slovakia say the same.

More than one in five respondents in Austria strongly agree (21%), as do 18% in Germany and 13% in Denmark.

In 21 countries respondents are most likely to disagree, and in 13 of these at least half disagree, with respondents in Cyprus (73%), Greece (72%) and Spain the most likely to do so. At least one quarter of respondents in Croatia (31%), Greece (29%), Spain (28%) and Cyprus (25%) strongly disagree that in their country political decisions are applied consistently to all citizens. In 14 countries at least one in five neither agree nor disagree, with respondents in Slovakia (30%), the Czech Republic (26%), and Belgium (24%) the most likely to say this.

The socio-demographic analysis for these six statements reveals a number of consistent patterns:

§ The younger the respondent, the more likely they are to agree with each statement. For example, 71% of those aged 15-24 agree important decisions that are made concerning them are usually taken in a fair way, compared to 56% of those aged 55 or over

§ The longer a respondent remained in education, the more likely they are to agree with each statement. For instance, 35% of those who completed education aged 20 or over agree political decisions are applied consistently to all citizens in their country, compared to 26% of those who completed aged 15 or younger. In more detail, respondents who did not complete primary are consistently much less likely to agree with each statement than those who at least completed primary school.

§ Managers and students are the most likely to agree with each statement. For instance, 68% of managers believe most of the things that happen in their life are fair, compared to 39% of the unemployed.

§ The fewer difficulties respondents have paying bills, the more likely they are to agree with each statement. For example, 65% who experience the least difficulties agree in their country they have equal opportunities for getting ahead in life, compared to 32% of those who experience the most financial difficulties.

§ Respondents who consider themselves living in average or rich neighbourhoods are more likely to agree with each statement than those who say they live in poor areas. For example, 40% living in average neighbourhoods and 39% living in rich ones agree they are confident that justice always prevails over injustice in their country, compared to 33% who live in in poor areas

source: Eurobarometer 2018

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