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Slovenians generally satisfied, but not with the state

Statistical Office of the European Commission has published the latest Eurobarometer EB82 study. The survey was conducted between the 8. and 17. November 2014, with 35 countries participating: the current 28 EU Member States, 6 candidate countries for accession to the EU (Turkey, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Serbia and Albania) and part of Cyprus, which is under the administrative authority of the Turkish-Cypriot community.

The survey showed that most Slovenians (81%) are generally satisfied with life in Slovenia, which ranks Slovenia slightly above the EU average (79%). The most satisfied with life in their countries are the Danes (97%), followed by the Dutch and the Swedes (both 96%).

In assessing the current national, European economic situations and personal situations most people are positive in the assessment of their personal situation (51%) and financial situation of their household (60%). Slovenians are much more pessimistic of the general situation in Slovenia, where both, the economic situation of Slovenia as the employment situation in Slovenia is mostly rated as poor. 90% of Slovenians assesses the economic situation of their country as bad. Most (58%) of Slovenians also estimates that Slovenia is not moving in the right direction, with only 9% thinking that things in the country are going in the right direction.

The main concern Slovenia is facing, according to the respondents, is unemployment (57%), in second place respondents put economic situation in the country (47%), a quarter of respondents placed as the most important issue in the country public debt. However, compared with the previous survey conducted in spring 2014 an optimistic shift is notable, as opposed to the rest of the EU.

Less optimistic were Slovenians when it comes to questions of expected changes in the next 12 months. Of the 6 areas 5 were rated worse as their European counterparts. 5 poorer assessed areas cover expectations about personal situation or the situation in the country. The only area where expectations were higher as in the EU28, were the expectations regarding the condition of the European economy.

The European Union is in the eyes of Slovenians maintaining a neutral image (44%). Moreover, those who see the EU positively (38%) is twice as many as those who see the EU as negative (17%). More than two-thirds of Slovenians (69%) feel like a citizen of Europe. In comparison with the previous measurement in spring 2014, this survey showed an increase in confidence in all three European institutions, as well in Slovenia as in the EU. Trust in the European Parliament in Slovenia increased by 6 percentage points, in EU28 by 5 percentage points. Trust in the European Commission has in Slovenia and the EU increased by 6 percentage points, while confidence in the European Central Bank increased by 8 percentage points in Slovenia and 3 percentage points in EU28.


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