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Prague – Czechs are in favor of remaining in the European Union (EU). If a referendum on leaving the EU were held in the Czech Republic, 63 percent of Czechs would vote to remain. This follows from an analysis for a project of the Europeum Institute in cooperation with the STEM Analytical Institute. Less than a fifth of people in the Czech Republic are now in favor of adopting the euro. Just like the referendum on leaving the EU, the adoption of the euro is not on the agenda in the Czech Republic.
According to the survey, Czechs are generally rather optimistic in their attitude towards the EU, 56 percent of respondents expressed this opinion. “The analysis shows that people who have an optimistic or strongly optimistic attitude towards the European Union perceive the development in Czech society after 1989 more positively than negatively,” pointed out Vít Havelka, a researcher at the Institute for European Policy Europeum.
< p>In addition to the attitudes of Czechs towards the EU, the survey also looked at the migration of Ukrainians and issues of green transformation. In matters of migration, the majority of Czechs still support the acceptance of Ukrainian refugees. However, STEM research director Jaromír Mazák believes that although support for accepting Ukrainian refugees is stable over time, it is actually rather fragile. “More than half of the public is worried about the negative effects of migration from Ukraine on the quality of public services and the economy as a whole,” he said.
According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, there are about 325,000 refugees from Ukraine in the Czech Republic. More than two fifths of Czechs (44 percent) are willing to help even at the cost of a slight decrease in their own standard of living. In contrast, however, 67 percent of Czechs think that the state does more for Ukrainian migrants than for its own residents. “From a long-term perspective, Czechs do not see Ukrainian refugees as beneficial. Only 28 percent think that refugees from Ukraine will be beneficial for the Czech Republic in the future,” said Havelka.
When it comes to green transformation, 77 percent of Czechs think that climate change is a serious problem. However, the majority do not perceive the impacts of climate change on their daily lives. “Only 37 percent of respondents said that they already feel the impact on their lives. According to the Czechs, the most serious consequences are polluted air, seas and oceans. Deforestation and extreme drought follow immediately after that,” said the co-authors of the survey.