What % of Europeans think their country has benefited from being a member of the EU?
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This map shows the percentage of people that have responded with “benefited” to the following question: “Taking everything into account, would you say that (OUR COUNTRY) has on balance benefited or not from being a member of the EU?”. People could answer this question with “Benefited”, “Not benefited” or “Don’t know”.
The data comes from the EP Autumn 2021 Eurobarometer (96.2), a survey carried out in November and December of 2021in all EU member states. This was one of the questions in the survey and one that I find very interesting. It gives a very good picture of the public opinion on the EU.
The EU average is 72% and in every EU member state, the majority of the population thinks their country has benefited from being an EU member. In the majority of the EU countries, more than 70% of the population thinks their country has benefited from EU membership. In only 6 countries that percentage is lower than 70%. Austria has by far the lowest percentage, where only 54% of the population thinks that Austria has benefited from EU membership.
The highest percentage can be found in Ireland, where a whopping 95% of the population thinks Ireland has benefited from being a member of the EU! Luxembourg and Lithuania are the other countries where the percentage is over 90%. People in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Malta, Poland, Estonia and Croatia are also very positive about their country’s EU membership. More than 80% of respondents in these countries think their country has benefited from being a member of the EU.