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Record Numbers Back Danish Membership

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Summary According to a new survey from Parliament's Eurobarometer, a record 76 percent of Danes think that the EU is a "good thing". This is the highest proportion measured in Denmark since 1974 when Eurobarometer began to pose this question. In the latest survey only seven percent indicated that the EU is a "bad thing".
 
A record number of Danes (84 percent) also experience EU membership as an advantage for Denmark – a question Eurobarometer has asked since 1983. 80 percent of the Danes believe that their vote counts in the EU. This result matches the proportion measured in the autumn survey and demonstrates the highest level of agreement when Danes have been asked this question. The numbers clearly state that support for Danish membership of the EU is significant and stable.
 
Danish euroscepticism has been sovereignty-based for decades, and there is nothing in the survey that points to this scepticism becoming less pronounced. On the contrary, the numbers show that the Danes are still among the EU-28 citizens who are least supportive of giving more power to the European Parliament, a so-called supranational institution.

Main conclusion
  • The Danes' support for EU membership has never been greater. 76 percent believe membership is a "good thing", while just 7 percent see it as a "bad thing". This is indicated in the European Parliament's new Eurobarometer survey, which has just been published.
  • It is the most EU-positive survey conducted since Denmark joined the EU.
  • Record numbers of Danes also experience the EU as an advantage for Denmark, with 84 percent considering the EU as an "advantage", compared to 8 percent who do not.
  • The survey states that Danish support for EU membership is stable and high. The Danes' support is high both in absolute terms and in comparison with the EU-28 average.
  • In general, support for the EU is increasing in member countries. Thus, the poll confirms the trend that started in 2016 immediately after the British referendum on leaving the EU.
  • However, the poll does not bring new knowledge about the aspect of EU attitudes that deals with sovereignty. In Denmark, sovereignty-based scepticism has traditionally been strong and decisive in Danish referendums.
  • Indirectly, the survey suggests that Danish sovereignty-based scepticism is still high. When answering the question of whether the role of the supranational European Parliament should be strengthened in the future, the Danes are far more sceptical than the EU average.