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Poll: Do you trust the European Union to represent your interests?

A new survey has shown a massive decline in favourable views of the EU. So, do you trust them to make decisions that are right for you?

Image: Yves Logghe/AP

AS EUROPEAN FINANCE ministers prepare to gather for negotiations on a banking union in Brussels today, a new survey of EU citizens has shown that positive views of the union are near all-time lows.

The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Centre in Washington, revealed the median number of people with a favourable view of the EU fell from 60 per cent to 45 per cent last year. In France, 77 per cent of people said they believe that economic integration has made things worse in the country and Britons are split down the middle on whether or not to stay in the union.

Critics of the union in Ireland have said that we have little say in decisions that are made and that harsh austerity measures pushed on the country by the EU were not in our best interests. However others have pointed out that Ireland may not have survived the financial downturn without the assistance of the union.

We want to know: Do you trust the European Union to represent your interests?


Poll Results:

No, not at all (2154)
I'm not sure (1100)
No, but I trust them more than the Irish government (744)
Yes, completely (223)




- Additional reporting by Associated Press.

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