Further drop in public support for the EU (2013:8epa)

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The economic crisis continues to affect trust in the EU project. In Sweden, as in most other Member States, drop in public support for the EU has been observed. In the 2012 survey from the SOM Institute, only 42 percent of the respondents declare that they are in favour of Sweden´s EU membership. This is a fall by 4 percentage points as compared to 2011. Compared to 2010, the drop is even more pronounced.

Not surprisingly, the support for the euro is also very weak. Only 9 percent of the respondents in the 2012 survey would like to see the euro introduced in Sweden, while 76 percent are explicitly against.
The analysis draws upon the survey of public opinion annually published by SIEPS in collaboration with the SOM Institute at the University of Gothenburg.

The analysis is part of the research project “Swedish Public Opinion on European Integration” and was presented at the seminar “How has the crisis affected public opinion on the EU?”, in connection with Europe Day.

Note: The publication is in Swedish only. Appendix 1 is in English.

Sören Holmberg is Professor of Political Science at University of Gothenburg. He is one of the founders of the SOM Institute and former head of The Swedish National Elections Studies.