EU

The topic of the EU is unattractive and distant for Czechs

Most of the Czech population finds the topic of the European Union uninteresting and too distant, says a survey by Ipsos MORI, which involved eleven Member States.

"Czech people are not very interested in information about the European Union. When they encounter some, they find them complicated, boring, and full of mystification," said Martin Buchtík, director of STEM's Institute of Empirical Research. Only a fraction of citizens are actively interested in the Union while about a third of them find some information in the media now and then.

Only 15 percent of Czechs are pro-EU. These people are among the more disciplined voters. "A quarter of those who actually cast their votes are pro-EU, of which the liberal pro-European parties could benefit," Buchtík said. On the contrary, about 18 percent of citizens are explicitly negative towards the EU. They account for about a tenth of the total voters, Buchtík said.

According to Buchtík, people who are against the EU are divided into two groups. The greater part of them is a closed “bubble”, which does not care much about the outside world. The smaller segment of the anti-EU people is then truly anti-systemic, far-right, or left-wing.

According to the survey, the major election topics include the environment and security, especially globally. The public is hoping for a solution to terrorism and migration. A common military and a joint development of weapons are also key issues for Czechs, as well as the quality of food and medicines. Conversely, Czechs consider topics related to the economy, such as EU subsidies, too complicated.

For a small number of people, traveling, studying abroad, promoting small businesses, and guaranteeing a democratic society are key. "These are important for people of higher education, who know foreign languages and are more often inclined to the European Union," Buchtík said.

In comparison with Slovakia and Poland, the issue of health services is not very important for Czech voters. According to Buchtík, it’s because Slovaks consider their health services considerably worse than the Czechs’.

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