A new survey has found that 88 percent of Irish people are optimistic about the future of the European Union, the highest figure in the EU.
The 2022 Eurobarometer report focuses on Irish citizens’ attitudes towards the EU in Ireland.
It examines trust in the European institutions and the future direction of the EU.
The study also assesses how Irish people view the EU’s economic situation, their satisfaction with how democracy works in Ireland and the EU, their trust in the media and overall satisfaction with the measures taken to combat the pandemic.
The national report covers a period in early 2022, when Ireland began to reopen after almost two years of Covid-19 restrictions.
However, the fieldwork was completed ahead of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the recent spike in Covid cases across Europe.
According to the results, 71 per cent of Irish citizens have a positive image of the EU, the highest in the EU and well above the EU average of 44 per cent.
71 percent of Irish people also think Ireland is going in the right direction, up from 64 percent in 2021, while 62 percent think the EU is going in the right direction.
Two-thirds of Irish citizens trust both the European Parliament (64 percent) and the European Commission (63 percent), with 60 percent trusting the European Central Bank and the European Council.
The findings were discussed at an online event organized by the European Commission Representation and European Movement Ireland.
Barbara Nolan, Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, said: “The Covid pandemic has been a very difficult time for so many and as Ireland begins to return to a ‘new normal’ this spring it is encouraging to see that the Irish continue to do so, the European Union sees it very positively and is optimistic about the future.”
The survey also found that 84 per cent of Irish people believe they are in “fairly good or very good” financial standing and 63 per cent believe the Irish economy is “in a good place”.
83 percent of Irish people are happy with how democracy works in Ireland and 81 percent are happy with how democracy works in the EU. This is well above the EU average (56%: national democracy, 55%: EU democracy).
Meanwhile, radio is the most trusted medium in Ireland (65%), followed by television (59%) and the printed press (53%).
Only 26 per cent of the Irish public trust the internet and 17 per cent trust online social networks.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/88pc-of-irish-public-are-optimistic-about-eus-future-41526827.html 88 percent of the Irish public are “optimistic” about the future of the EU.