A spotlight on opinion: New polls highlight perceptions in the Eastern Partner countries

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

Almost half of all citizens (46%) in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood have a positive image of the European Union – a rise of 2 percentage points on the 2017 figure – while just 13% have a negative perception. 63% believe that the EU’s relationship with their country is good, with citizens of Georgia (83%), Armenia (80%) and the Republic of Moldova (74%) particularly happy.

These are just some of the findings from the 2018 opinion polls carried out in the six Eastern Partner countries by the EU NEIGHBOURS east project.

Conducted from March to April 2018 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the surveys assess general perceptions about the EU, the values with which it is associated, relations between the EU and partner countries, and awareness of the EU’s financial support and its effectiveness. They also look at citizens’ preferred sources of information, how they feel about the situation in their country and their expectations for the future.

The survey results show that, across the region, trust in the EU has attained its highest level to date (61%). The EU enjoys its greatest levels of trust in Georgia (73%) and Armenia (70%), where it has also recorded an increase of 7 and 5 percentage points respectively on the 2017 results. 87% of Moldovans are aware of the EU’s financial support to the country, a rise of 8 percentage points on the 2017 figure, and well ahead of the regional average of 57%. In Azerbaijan, 78% of citizens believe that EU support is effective, the highest in the region. 70% of Ukrainians consider that integration with the EU significantly increases a country’s stability and security.

Full reports can be downloaded for each individual country, as well as a regional overview for the Eastern Neighbourhood: 

 Part of the EU-funded OPEN Neighbourhood programme, the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the European Union and its partnership with  ArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiathe Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.

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EU NEIGHBOURS east – opinion polls

EU NEIGHBOURS east – website