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New poll: 7 out of 10 Danes are optimistic about the future of the EU

A new survey from the EU’s survey programme Eurobarometer shows that Danes have become significantly more positive towards the EU in the past six months. 
A new study from Eurobarometer shows that the percentage of Danes who have a positive opinion of the EU has risen from 32 to 42 per cent in six months, while the proportion of negative opinions has fallen from 23 to 17 per cent.

Publiceret: 09.08.2017
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Danes are optimistic about the future of the EU, shows a new poll from Eurobarometer surveying 28,000 EU-citizens’ view of the EU.

Among Danish respondents, which total 1,016 people, seven out of ten answered that they are optimistic about the future of the EU. This makes Denmark one of the countries in the EU with the most optimists. 

The Eurobarometer survey also shows that the percentage of Danes who believe the EU is heading towards a brighter future has increased from 57 per cent in autumn of 2016 to 70 per cent in the most recent survey.

According to Director of European Affairs at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) Anders Ladefoged, the figures are very good news.

“The EU has in recent years suffered from an image crisis. There has been a lot of focus on the problems and almost none on the positive difference the EU makes. But the figures here indicate that there is an understanding among Danes that the EU helps create solutions that benefit Europeans,” says Anders Ladefoged.

See also: EU-citizens more positive about the EU after Brexit


More people are positive about the EU


Danish support for the EU is further emphasised by a significant increase in the amount of Danes who say they have an overall positive view of the EU.

According to the Eurobarometer survey, the percentage of pro-EU Danes has increased from 32 to 42 per cent in six months, while the percentage of negative views has fallen from 23 to 17 per cent. The rest are neutral or respond ‘do not know’.

According to Director of European Affairs at DI Anders Ladefoged, the positive trend may be an expression of Britain’s experience of leaving the EU as being anything but rosy.

“Britain’s challenges highlight the fact that it is important to be a part of the EU.  Without a well-functioning and strong EU, it will be significantly more difficult for Danish export companies to sell their goods abroad and create growth and jobs at home,” says Anders Ladefoged and adds that Danish exporters currently help to create about 775,000 Danish jobs.

The most pro-EU country is, according to the Eurobarometer survey, Ireland, where 58 per cent of the respondents say they have a positive view of the European Union.

See also: Hard Brexit spells trouble for Danish businesses
There is an understanding among Danes that the EU helps create solutions that benefit Europeans.
DIRECTOR OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS ANDERS LADEFOGED, DI
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PUBLISHED: 8/9/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 8/9/2017