Public Opinion on the Euro Currency in 2012

The European Commission has just issued its annual Standard EuroBarometer survey where all the European Union citizens and people from applicant countries were asked regarding issues affecting the EU. In one of the questions they were asked whether they are in favor or against the European Economic and Monterory Union with One Single Currency, the Euro.

 

When all the EU citizens were grouped together, the vast majority, 52% were in favor and 40% against. The support for the euro is by far higher in the countries that have adopt it, even though right now Europe is passing through a crisis. The support in some eurozone countries is as high as 80% (Slovakia and Slovenia).

 

Support for the Euro in the 17 Eurozone Countries

80%...........Slovakia

80%...........Slovenia

79%...........Ireland

78%...........Luxembourg

75%...........Belgium

75%...........Greece

74%...........Finland

73%...........Netherlands

71%...........Estonia

69%...........France

65%...........Austria

65%...........Germany

63%...........Malta

58%...........Portugal

55%...........Spain

53%...........Italy

52%...........Cyprus

 

Citizens in the following EU countries are also obliged to join the euro are also in favor of doing so ; Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania.

 

The following EU countries are obliged to join the euro, however, their citizens are against; Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden

 

People in Denmark and the UK are also against the Euro - both countries are not obliged to adopt it even though they are members of the EU

 

The non-EU countries Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are in favor of adopting the euro, whereas, Iceland and Turkey are against it

 

Source

(C) Standard EuroBarometer

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Comment by Illioplius on September 8, 2012 at 19:04

To me it is a little mystery as well. It may be that Czechs are quite more eurosceptic than Slovaks. Current Czech president (Václav Klaus) is very eurosceptic and is rather influential person in Czechia. However, his second term ends next year... ;)

Comment by Mike Bentley on September 8, 2012 at 17:14

I can't understand why the Czech's are against it? Slovakia is very much in favour and has done well since switching to the euro. The Czech currency is tied to the euro anyway so what benefit do they get out of not switching? It would make it easier to visit the Czech Republic when I come to Europe next year. I don't like having to convert currency multiple times. The money changers always take their cut when you have to change money. Surely the Czech's can see that this discourages people from visiting?

Comment by Davide Orlando on September 8, 2012 at 16:42

Agreed, crisis in Italy is affecting most people, but it would be much worse without the Euro.

Comment by euroHOBBY on September 8, 2012 at 15:28

nice to see that all eurozone countries are in favor of the euro even though they passing through the crisis


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