On April 6th 2022 the latest Eurobarometer report on attitudes towards the EU in Ireland was released. The surveys were completed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the recent upsurge in Covid cases across Europe.
Despite the economic and health challenges faced by people living in Ireland over the last 2 years the results appear to show continued trust in Europe's institutions and confidence in the ability of their own government and EU leaders to make the right decisions going forward. These are some of the key findings from the report below:
Key findings: Ireland
88% of Irish citizens are optimistic about the future of the EU, the highest across the EU27.
71% of Irish citizens have a positive image of the EU, the highest in the EU, and significantly above the EU27 average of 44%.
71% of Irish people think Ireland is going in the right direction, an increase from 64% in 2021 (SEB95). 62% think the EU is going in the right direction.
Two thirds of Irish citizens trust both the European Parliament (64%) and the European Commission (63%) with 60% trusting the European Central Bank, and the European Council.
84% of Irish people believe they are in a rather good or very good financial household position and 63% believe the Irish economy is in a good place.
83% of Irish people are satisfied with how democracy works in Ireland, and 81% are satisfied with how democracy works in the EU. This is significantly higher than the EU average (56%: national democracy, 55%: EU democracy).
Radio is the most trusted media in Ireland (65%) followed by TV (59%), and the written press (53%). Just 26% trust the internet and 17% trust online social networks.
78% are satisfied with measures taken by the Irish Government to fight the pandemic. This is up from 67% in 2021 (SEB95).
75% are satisfied with measures taken by the EU to fight the pandemic, the second highest across the EU27.
83% trust the EU to make the right decisions in the future (an increase from 79% in 2021), compared to 60% for the EU 27 average (a decrease from 65% in 2021)
The full report can be found here https://ireland.representation.ec.europa.eu/system/files/2022-04/ST96_NationalReport_IE%20%28003%29.pdf