Moldovan Public Opinion Shifts Positively Towards the EU, Survey Reveals

According to an annual public opinion survey in the Republic of Moldova in 2023, Moldovans have an increasingly positive view of the European Union. They mention good relations between our country and the EU and trust the EU more than ever in the past eight years.

62% of Moldovans have a positive opinion of the EU (+10% compared to 2016), compared to only 8% who have a negative opinion (down from 17% in 2016). Given that the Republic of Moldova was granted candidate status for the EU last year, 78% of respondents say that Moldova has good relations with the EU, more than at any other time since surveys began. The EU enjoys more trust (63% of those surveyed) than any other international institution.

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Citizens of the Republic of Moldova are fully aware of EU financial support for their country (81%). The EU is also considered the largest financial contributor (62%) to the country, well above all other institutions or foreign countries. More than half of Moldovans (54%) acknowledge the effectiveness of EU support.

When asked about the areas in which they would like to see greater support from the EU, 45% answered “economic development and trade,” while 34% said “health.”

The survey was conducted in February 2023 and involved face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of 1,000 people from across the country. Opinion polls have been conducted annually since 2016 as part of the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ Program in the Republic of Moldova and the other five countries of the Eastern Partnership.

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