One in four Czechs consider EU effective - poll


07.04.2014 12:54

Prague - Czechs tend to be more and more sceptical about the EU, which only 25 percent of them view as effective and 40 percent as democratic, according to a fresh poll released by the STEM agency.


Vlajky EU před sídlem Evropské komise v Bruselu - ilustrační foto. ČTK Dospiva Jakub

The EU´s popularity with the Czech public has been declining since 2010, STEM said.

"Last April´s poll showed an increase in the share of positive assessments of the EU, but the fresh poll has not confirmed such a trend," the authors said in a press release.

At present, the EU is considered democratic by 41 percent of Czechs, 4 percentage points less than a year ago, STEM said.

Thirty-seven percent of the respondents labelled the EU´s functioning "rather undemocratic" and 22 percent "definitely undemocratic."

Asked whether the EU functions effectively, 27 percent of people answered in the affirmative, compared with 30 percent one year ago.

Only 22 percent of Czechs, the lowest ever number, believe that the EU´s decision making is well considered, flexible and financially effective, STEM said.

About 20 percent of Czechs are convinced that they have the basic knowledge of which issues fall under the national and which under the EU´s jurisdiction.

However, after a previous steady increase in people´s knowledge, the share of those viewing themselves as well-informed decreased for the first time now.

The EU is more often assessed positively by university graduates.

Out of political parties, it is mainly supported by the fans of the right-wing opposition TOP 09 and the ODS, while the followers of the opposition Communists (KSCM) support it the least of all.

STEM conducted the poll on over 1000 people between March 11-20.

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