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Economic Interests and Public Support for the Euro
Unformatted Document Text:  12 will have an impact on support. Namely that a belief that prices (or inflation) is high will decrease support for the euro. Furthermore, in the post-introduction phase national economic performance would increase support. However, we expect that that these economic indicators will be tempered by general EU support and feelings of European and national identity. Overall, we expect that general EU support and a stronger European identity will boost euro support. On the other hand, strong national identity should decrease support. We also expect that attitudes will be structured more by attitudes about the EU, general support and identity, in those countries outside the eurozone whereas attitudes would be structured by economic consideration inside the eurozone. To examine these questions, we rely on data from Eurbarometer 67.2, conducted in April-May 2007. The expansion of the EU to 27 member states as of 2007 provides a more diverse set of countries that includes ten members who are former communist countries. As Figure 2 shows, there is considerable variation among all EU member states both within and across the eurozone. 2 The lowest level of support is in the UK and support is strongest in Slovenia, the newest member, with over nine in ten supporting the euro. The over-time trend in Figure 1 showed an initial euro-euphoria and we seem to be witnessing a similar effect with Slovenia. As reflected in the also in Figure 1, support is generally lower outside the eurozone while among those inside the Eurozone support is lowest among the Southern member states. Overall, over 50 percent of respondents in most eurozone members (outside of Greece) support the euro. (Figure 2 here) 2 Note that Malta and Cyprus joined the Eurozone in 2008, seven months after the data were collected.

Authors: Banducci, Susan., Karp, Jeffrey. and Loedel, Peter.
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will have an impact on support. Namely that a belief that prices (or inflation) is high
will decrease support for the euro. Furthermore, in the post-introduction phase
national economic performance would increase support. However, we expect that that
these economic indicators will be tempered by general EU support and feelings of
European and national identity. Overall, we expect that general EU support and a
stronger European identity will boost euro support. On the other hand, strong national
identity should decrease support. We also expect that attitudes will be structured more
by attitudes about the EU, general support and identity, in those countries outside the
eurozone whereas attitudes would be structured by economic consideration inside the
eurozone.
To examine these questions, we rely on data from Eurbarometer 67.2,
conducted in April-May 2007. The expansion of the EU to 27 member states as of
2007 provides a more diverse set of countries that includes ten members who are
former communist countries. As Figure 2 shows, there is considerable variation
among all EU member states both within and across the eurozone.
2
The lowest level
of support is in the UK and support is strongest in Slovenia, the newest member, with
over nine in ten supporting the euro. The over-time trend in Figure 1 showed an initial
euro-euphoria and we seem to be witnessing a similar effect with Slovenia. As
reflected in the also in Figure 1, support is generally lower outside the eurozone while
among those inside the Eurozone support is lowest among the Southern member
states. Overall, over 50 percent of respondents in most eurozone members (outside of
Greece) support the euro.
(Figure 2 here)
2
Note that Malta and Cyprus joined the Eurozone in 2008, seven months after the data were collected.


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