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Almost Half Of Central Europeans Dissatisfied With EU Leadership

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Almost Half Of Central Europeans Dissatisfied With EU Leadership
Forty-nine percent of people in central Europe are dissatisfied with EU leaders whereas a majority, 73%, want their country to remain member of the community, a representative survey released by the Nézőpont research institute shows.

 The institute asked 1,000 voting age adults in each of 11 countries in the region, including Hungary, between September 26 and October 27.

The survey shows that most dissatisfied with Brussels are the Slovaks (71%), the Czechs (69%) and the Germans (58%), followed by the Hungarians (57%).

Most satisfied are the Romanians (58%), the Slovenians and the Poles (49% both).

A vast majority of the Austrians (86%) and the Poles (84%) are in favour of EU membership, with the respective rate being 71% among Hungarians. Merely 14% of Hungarians believe that their country should quit the alliance. In comparison, 31% of the Czechs, 25% of the Croatians and 23% of the Germans and Austrians, respectively, think the same.

Fully 53% of all respondents are pessimistic about the overall direction of developments in the bloc, and merely 40% are satisfied with it, the survey shows. Most pessimistic in this regard are the Slovaks (69%) and the Hungarians (68%), followed by the Czechs (64%).

Republished with permission of Hungary Matters, MTI’s daily newsletter.