Representation in Ireland

Irish most likely to think the Euro has been a good thing for their country

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Euro coins
Euro coins

A new Eurobarometer survey shows that 85% of us (up 4 points since last year 2016) think the Euro is a good thing for Ireland, highest in the Euro Area and well above the Euro Area average of 64%.  Many of us, 86%, also think the euro has been good for the EU, joint highest with Luxembourg. The Euro Area average was 74% with support lowest in Italy and Cyprus (both 62%).

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Table from the Eurobarometer report
Table from the Eurobarometer report

The survey also showed that:

  • 72% of Irish people are in favour of abolishing 1 and 2 euro cent coins, and applying mandatory rounding up or down to the nearest 5 cents, 5th highest in the Euro Area. Support was highest in Finland at 86% and lowest in Latvia at 45%. The Euro Area average was 64%.
  • 89% of Irish people think that the euro has made travelling easier and less costly, highest in the Euro Area where the average is 50%. The next highest was Latvia at 69%. People in Italy were least likely to agree at 33%.
  • Ireland (42%) has the third lowest share of people who say that there should be more economic policy coordination among Euro Area governments after Finland (35%) and Estonia (34%).The Euro Area average was 67% with support highest in Greece at 80%.
  • 28% (up 10 pp since 2016) of Irish people think the level of coordination of economic policy is appropriate, highest in the Euro area while 18% think there should be less.
  • 81% of Irish respondents agree that there is a need for significant reforms to improve the performance of their economy, 8th highest in the Euro Area. The Euro Area average was 79% with people in Finland least likely to agree at 66%. People in Lithuania were most likely to agree at 90%.
  • The survey also showed that 20% of Irish respondents said their household income had increased since last year while 65% said it had remained the same. And 30% of Irish respondents expect their household income to increase this year, third highest in the Euro Area after Lithuania (31% and Malta 43%) and well above the Euro Area average of 18%. 60% of Irish people expect their income to remain the same this year.

In Ireland, 1,000 people were interviewed for the survey by Behaviour & Attitudes between 16 and 18 October 2017.

The full survey including an Ireland factsheet is available here.