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Share of negative views about EU from countries around the world

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Share of negative views about EU from countries around the world

A positive opinion of the EU in most countries

There is a wide range of opinions about the European Union in the countries covered by this survey.

In the three most populated of these countries (China, India, United States of America), at least three quarters of the respondents have a positive view of the EU. Almost all respondents in Brazil have a positive view of the EU (94%), as do a large majority in China (84%) and India (83%). In fact, in Brazil 44% have a “very positive” view (China: 13%, India: 31%).

Three quarters of respondents in the United States of America (USA) also have a positive view of the EU (75%, 25% “very positive”). This compares to 43% in Switzerland (2% “very positive”), 45% in Norway (9% “very positive”) and 46% in Russia (4% “very positive”). In fact, in Switzerland and Norway at least half of respondents have a negative view of the EU (54% and 50% respectively), although these are the only two countries where the majority thinks this way.

Countries that are geographically closest to the EU (Turkey, Russia, Norway, Switzerland) are the least likely to have a positive view.

The socio-demographic analysis for respondents across all countries shows the image of the EU varies slightly between men and women: in China, Canada, Turkey, Russia and Switzerland, women
are more positive than men. In Japan, the United States and Norway, men are more positive than women. In Brazil, India and Australia there are no significant differences between men and women.

In most countries surveyed, the younger the respondent, the more likely they are to have a positive image of the EU. Those with the highest education level are the most likely to be positive, as are
employees and the self-employed.

 

For example, in Australia:

§ There is almost no difference between the opinions of men and women.

§ More than three quarters (76%) of the youngest respondents have a positive view of the EU, compared to 56% of those aged 55 or over.

§ More than seven in ten with the highest education levels have a positive view, compared to 52% with the lowest.

§ Employees (75%) and the self-employed (71%) have the most positive views, followed by manual workers (61%) and those who are not working (60%).

 

In India, there are few variations between men (82% “positive”) and women (84%). In addition:

§ Those aged 55 or over are the least likely to have a positive view (75% vs. 82%-86%).

§ Those with the highest education levels are the most likely to have positive views (87% vs. 74%-80%).

§ The self-employed (87%) are the most likely to have a positive view, particularly compared to manual workers (69%).

In Russia, although women are slightly more likely to be positive (49% vs. 44% of men), the pattern is also similar:

§ More than one third (38%) of the oldest respondents have a positive view, compared to 59% of the youngest.
§ Those with the highest education levels are the most likely to have a positive view (50%), particularly compared to those with the lowest levels (29%).
§ Those who are not working are the least likely to have a positive view (42% vs. 50%-51%).

source: Eurobarometer 450

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