Support for EU membership

  • 7 out of 10 Flemish inhabitants support membership of the European Union

    In 2019, as in previous years, the European Union (EU) was able to count on considerable support from the Flemish population. More than 7 out of 10 Flemish inhabitants think it is a good thing that Belgium is part of the European Union.

    Since 2005, support for EU membership has been fluctuating in Flanders. In 2019, approximately 2 out of 10 Flemish inhabitants did not have a pronounced opinion on EU membership. 8% considered EU membership to be a bad thing. The latter share has fluctuated between 6% and 10% since 2005.

  • Inhabitants of Flanders more positive about EU membership than average European

    In 2019, support for EU membership was significantly higher in the Flemish Region than in the Walloon Region. 71% of the Flemish inhabitants considered membership of the European Union to be a good thing, while in Wallonia this stood at 55%.

    The support for EU membership was also higher in Flanders than in most EU countries. Generally speaking, in 2019, 6 out of 10 inhabitants of the EU-countries considered membership to be a good thing. There were considerable differences between the Member States. In Ireland, Luxembourg and Germany, more than 8 out of 10 inhabitants were in favour of membership. In the Czech Republic and Italy, the proportion of those in favour was lowest: around 4 out of 10 inhabitants.

    In 2019, 8% of the inhabitants of Flanders thought EU membership is a bad thing. That was half as low as in the Walloon Region (16%). In the EU28 countries, on average 13% of the population considered membership of the EU to be a bad thing. In Lithuania that share was the lowest (3%), in the United Kingdom (28%) the highest.

Sources

European Commission: Eurobarometer 
GESIS: Eurobarometer 

Publication date

17 June 2020

Next update

April 2021

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