published: 04.10.2013, 16:43 | updated: 04.10.2013 16:47:42
Prague - A majority of Czechs (55 percent) believe that the European Union (EU) threatens Czech national interests and one third considers the developments in the EU good, according to a poll conducted by the STEM agency and released today.
This is a marked change compared with before 2011 when most Czechs believed the EU was heading in the right direction. However, one year ago an even lower number expressed the latter view, only one fourth.
About half of the people (49 percent) share the view that Czech interests clash with EU interests. Compared with 2009, Czechs are more sceptical in this respect.
Two thirds of Czechs nevertheless consider themselves Europeans.
Forty-one percent expressed satisfaction with the Czech membership of the EU, the poll showed. In April 2013, 48 percent supported the EU membership, but in April 2012 it was 41 percent, same as now. This has been the lowest number since the country´s EU accession in 2004.
University graduates, students, entrepreneurs, the self-employed, right-wing voters and people with higher incomes tend to be more satisfied with the EU membership. Left-wing voters tend to be more critical, according to the poll conducted in late August and early September.
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