Six in 10 Greeks Expect Economy to Get Worse



    oikonomiki-krisi-03Six out of 10 Greeks believe the economy will get worse before it gets better, according to a Eurobarometer poll. Also, eight in 10 do not trust the Greek media.

    The survey shows that Greeks are among the most pessimistic in the European Union.

    On average, 46 percent of citizens across the 28-member EU who were polled expressed a general negative outlook. Greeks show a bleak view with more than half (55 percent) saying they believe the EU would be a fairer place after the crisis. The average EU rate on the same question is 39 percent.

    However, in responding to the survey, which was conducted in November 2014, 63 percent of Greeks expressed their support for the single currency, significantly above the 56 percent EU average.

    An overwhelming majority (98 percent) expressed discontent with the state of the Greek economy.

    Meanwhile, six in 10 said they were dissatisfied with their daily lives. In the rest of Europe, however,   eight in 10 respondents claimed that overall they are happy with their lives. At the same time, Just one in four Greeks said they were content with their professional situation, with 53 percent overall expressing dissatisfaction in this area, the highest rate in the EU.

    Greeks remain skeptical about the country’s mass media, as 79 percent say they do not trust Greek television reports compared to an EU average of 45 percent.

    The Eurobarometer is the website for the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission. Since 1973, the European Commission has been monitoring the evolution of public opinion in the Member States, thus helping the preparation of texts, decision-making and the evaluation of its work.