Trust in the European Union has fallen since autumn 2011 and now stands at its lowest ever level (31%, -3 percentage points). At the same time, levels of trust in national governments and parliaments have recovered slightly (28%, +4 and 28%, +1 respectively). As a result, the gap between trust in national political institutions and the European Union is now very narrow.
After the sharp decline recorded in autumn 2011 in the proportion of Europeans for whom the EU conjures up a positive image (-9 percentage points since spring 2011), the proportion is unchanged this time at 31%. However, the proportion with a negative image of the EU has risen slightly overall (28%, +2), matched by a corresponding decrease in those for whom the EU conjures up a neutral image (39%, -2).
More than half of Europeans support a European economic and monetary union with a single currency, the euro (52%, -1 percentage point since autumn 2011). A few months after the 10th anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins, a majority of Europeans supports the single currency, and the level of support remains stable.
The results set out below are those for the European Union as a whole. In the euro area, 63% of respondents support the single currency.
The source: STANDARD EUROBAROMETER 77, FIRST RESULTS – SPRING 2012; PUBLIC OPINION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION; Fieldwork: May 2012; Publication: July 2012