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EC Representation in Malta

Perception of poverty on the rise in the EU
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23/05/2012 16:43:03

A European Union Flash Eurobarometer survey has just been held in order to gauge the opinions of EU citizens about the social impact of the on-going economic crisis.

    The survey shows that 80% of respondents think that poverty has increased in their own country over the past 12 months, while 67% say that it has increased in the EU and 63% in the area where they live.

    Relatively high proportions of people say that poverty has increased in their country in Greece (97%), France (93%), Portugal (93%) and Spain (92%). Roughly in line with earlier surveys, 32% of respondents think that 1 in 3 of their fellow citizens can be described as poor, while 64% think that at least 1 in 5 is poor.

    In seven countries, less than two-thirds of respondents think that poverty has increased in their country, with the lowest levels of people saying this to be found in Denmark (53%), Latvia (61%) and Malta (62%). At least one person in five says that poverty has decreased in their country in Romania (23%), Latvia (22%), the Czech Republic (20%), Poland (20%), and Slovakia (20%).

    However, in eight Member States at least three people in 10 say they are struggling constantly to keep up with bills and credit commitments or have fallen behind with some or many payments: Greece (73%), Cyprus (59%), Bulgaria (42%), Malta (42%), Latvia (35%), Hungary (34%), Estonia (31%), and Italy (31%). 

    Almost a fifth (18%) of respondents is not confident that they will be able to hold onto their job over the next 12 months. In seven countries at least 3 out of 10 respondents say that they are not confident about keeping their job. This share is highest in Greece (51%), Cyprus (40%) and Slovakia (40%). Perceptions of job security are highest in Austria, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Denmark.

    In seven EU countries, over eight respondents in 10 say that it is very unlikely they will have to leave their accommodation: Denmark (84%), Malta (84%), Romania (83%), Sweden (83%), Slovenia (82%), Finland (82%), and the Netherlands (81%).

    While 46% of people think they would be likely to find another job within six months in the event of being laid-off, 48% say they would be unlikely to do so. 

    Only 14% of EU respondents think their pension will not be affected by economic and financial events. A quarter say that they will receive a lower pension than they previously expected; the same proportion (24%) say they will have to save more to obtain the pension they expected; and 21% say they will have to retire later.

    A majority (57%) of EU respondents is worried that they will have insufficient income in old age to live in dignity – up from 53% in October 2010. In seven Member States, a majority of respondents say that they are not worried about having an adequate income in their old age: Denmark (81%), Sweden (72%), Luxembourg (67%), Finland (62%), the Netherlands (62%), Austria (61%), and Germany (58%).  Concern about having enough money in old age is greatest in Greece (80%), Portugal (78%) and Italy (75%).

     

    L-aħħar aġġornament: 23/05/2012  |Fuq