People in Ireland are the second most positive Europeans according to Eurobarometer Survey

Gerry O'Sullivan

Posted: 12 May, 2021

The latest edition of the annual Eurobarometer survey reports that 75% of respondents from Ireland have a positive image of the EU, the highest proportion of Irish people saying this since autumn 2004, with Ireland ranking second highest across the EU Member States.

The Eurobarometer Survey focuses on citizens’ attitudes and trust in the EU, Irish people’s sentiments towards the economy in view of the pandemic, coronavirus related restrictions and evaluations of performance by the national government and the EU concerning the pandemic, as well as attitudes towards coronavirus vaccinations.

The data for this report was gathered in Ireland by Kantar who interviewed 1,094 respondents aged 15+ online between 17 February 2021 and 3 March 2021.

The report also found  that:

  • 77% agree interests of Ireland are well taken account of in the EU, the highest proportion of any EU Member State
  • 74% tend to trust the EU, with Ireland ranking the second most trusting nation of the EU
  • 44% think the national economy will get “better”, the second-highest in the EU. Compared to summer 2020, pessimism about the economy’s prospects is down 29-points
  • 88% think the restrictions implemented nationally to fight Covid-19 were justified, above the EU average of 73 per cent
  • 56% are satisfied with how the EU handled the pandemic
  • 70% trust the EU to make the right decisions in the future regarding the coronavirus
  • 74% want to receive (or have already received) an authorized Coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible and a further 12 per cent say they wish to receive a vaccine by the end of 2021. Only 4 per cent of Irish people say they never intend to receive an authorized vaccine, among the lowest proportion saying this in the EU.

Standard Eurobarometer 94 - Public Opinion in the European Union: Ireland Winter 2020/21

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set these optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Privacy Policy page

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.