‘Greeks Are Insecure, Suspicious and Introverted’ According to Survey



World Values Survey (WVS) cooperated with Dianeosis, a nonprofit think-tank, and Greece’s National Center for Social Research (EKKE) with the support of Metron Analysis to conduct a survey on a sample of 1,200 people in Greece between September and October 2017.

According to the survey, Greeks are extremely skeptical and suspicious.

Only five institutions have rates higher than 50 percent regarding the issue of trust: universities, the Church, the armed forces, the police and the judiciary branch.

On the contrary, the Hellenic Parliament, political parties, the media and the government were well under 15 percent.

Only 8.4 per cent of the Greeks agree with the phrase ”every human being is trustworthy”. Graph by Dianeosis – Findings by WVS

Greeks also seem to be very skeptical about social trust as 9 out of 10 disagree with the phrase “every human being is trustworthy”.

99.5 percent said that they trust a member of their family but less than 20 percent were these who would trust someone from a different nationality or religion.

One out of 3 Greeks saying that they wouldn’t want to have a gay neighbor. Graph by Dianeosis – Findings by WVS

Some other findings of the survey reveal the levels of tolerance in Greek society, with one out of 3 Greeks saying that they would not want to have a gay neighbor, 1 out of 4 would not want to have an immigrant neighbor, and 1 out of 5 would not want a member of a different religion living next to them.

As for the issue of security, an impressive 20 percent of Greeks fear the prospect of a civil war, while 4 out of 10 worry about a terrorist attack, and 1 out of 3 Greeks are afraid of a possible war in general.

Greeks also seem to be very religious as 81.4 percent of those who answered said that they consider themselves to be religious, with 1 out of 5 believing that in case of a science-religion conflict, religion is always right.

Concluding, the survey also found that more than half of Greeks believe that immigration threatens Greece’s security, puts jobs at risk, and has a negative impact on growth.