Slim majority of Latvians trust the EU

More than half of Latvian residents - 51% - trust the European Union, according to Eurobarometer results from spring 2015. The results are available here

The number of people who trust in the EU has increased by 5% in comparison with the previous Eurobarometer survey, conducted in November 2014.

31% of Latvians surveyed don't trust the EU, while 18% are undecided on the matter. The average trust in the EU across member states is 40%. 

On the other hand, Latvians don't trust their own institutions: only 17% trust the national parliament - Saeima, while 25% trust the government. The EU average for both is 31%. 

When asked to mark positive achievements of the EU, 70% of Latvians checked freedom of movement, 47% marked peace among EU countries, 31% checked the single euro currency, and 33% - student exchange programs such as Erasmus.

The Eurobarometer measures attitudes towards different things across the EU member states. The 83rd Eurobarometer survey, conducted from May 16 until May 27, encompassed 31,868 people directly interviewed across the whole of the European Union. 

Asked to name the positive achievements of the EU, 70 percent of respondents noted free movement of people, goods and services, 47 percent noted peace among the EU member states, 31 percent named the euro.

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