The latest ‘Eurobarometer’ survey has revealed the one country in the EU that ranks lower than the UK when it comes to how much of a benefit membership is.
The survey, published by the European Parliament, looks at people’s opinions on the EU in different countries in the bloc.
As part of its latest results it asked people whether they think their country has benefited from being a member of the EU.
According to the Eurobarometer, just 53% of people in the UK think they have benefited from the country being an EU member.
But the UK isn’t bottom of the table.
While it’s second from bottom, there’s one country whose people are less positive about the EU – Italy.
According to the research, just 44% of people think being a member of the bloc has benefited their country.
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Despite the low score from some countries the survey – which comes one year ahead of the European elections in May 2019 – shows shows an increase in citizens’ support for the EU.
More than two-thirds of respondents (67%) said their country benefits from being a member of the EU – the highest score ever measured since 1983 – while 48% of respondents think their voice counts in the EU.
Almost a third of respondents (32%) already today know the date of the European elections in 2019, 50% are interested in the elections.
For the upcoming election campaign, Europeans want to hear about security issues in the broadest sense, including immigration, but also issues related to personal prosperity and well-being.
A majority of respondents (55%) said they are satisfied with the way democracy works in their country and in the EU (46%).
While respondents from some countries are more satisfied with the workings of democracy in the EU than in their own country, citizens from some larger Member States showed a significantly lower degree of satisfaction with the way the democracy works in the EU.