Representation in Ireland

Almost 8 in 10 Irish people agree that most things that happen in life are fair: EU survey

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Infographic on Irish findings
Infographic on Irish findings

A new Eurobarometer poll on Fairness, inequality and inter-generational mobility shows that Irish people are the most likely at 78% to think that most things that happen in their life are fair, highest in the EU. This feeling is shared by an average of 53% of people across the EU with respondents in Greece least likely to agree at 26%.

The survey also showed that 80% of Irish people agree that nowadays in their country they have equal opportunities for getting ahead in life, just behind Denmark and Sweden (both 81%). The EU average was 58% with Greece in bottom place at 18%.

And 74% of Irish people, highest in Europe, think that compared to 30 years ago opportunities for getting ahead in life have become more equal in their country. The EU average was 46% dropping to 21% in Greece and 22% in France.

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Other findings:

97% of Irish people agreed that they considered themselves to be happy people, highest in the EU where the average is 83%. Romania was in bottom place at 59%.

92% of Irish people agree they are in good health, highest in the EU. On average 78% of people across the EU believe they are in good health, dropping to 55% in Latvia.

75% of Irish people agree that most people in their country can be trusted, 4th highest in the EU after Finland (85%), Denmark (82%) and Sweden (76%). The EU average is 47% with Slovakia (23%), Cyprus and Greece (both 24%) in bottom place.

79% of Irish people think the differences in people's incomes are too great, which is below the EU average of 84%. People in Portugal were most likely to agree at 96% while those in the Netherlands at 59% were least likely.

80% of Irish people thought the government should take measures to reduce differences in incomes levels, just below the EU average of 81%. People in Portugal most likely to agree at 94% while those in Denmark at 51% were least.

When it comes to getting ahead in life:

  • 99% of Irish people agree working hard is essential/ important, highest in the EU where the average is 93% with Croatia in bottom place at 77%.
  • 85% of Irish people agree knowing the right people is essential/ important. People in Portugal were most likely to think this way at 98% while those in Denmark were least at 79%. The EU average was 92%.
  • 82% of Irish people think being lucky is essential/important compared to an EU average of 85%. People in Bulgaria were most likely to agree at 97% while those in the UK were least likely at 62%.
  • 56% of Irish people agree that coming from a wealthy family is essential/important, below the EU average of 64%. People in Hungary were most likely to agree at 89% while those in Denmark were least at 34%. 
  • 55% of Irish people think having political connections is essential/important, just below the EU average of 56%. People in Hungary at 88% most likely to agree while those in Sweden were least at 24%.
  • 55% of Irish people think that being born a man or a women is essential/important, fourth highest in the EU after Hungary (68%), Austria (67%) and Italy (62%). The EU average was 46% with people in Latvia least likely to agree at 19%.

Over 1,000 people interviewed for the survey in Ireland in December 2017.

The Eurobarometer survey, including an Ireland country report, can be downloaded at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3427_en.htm