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EU Survey: Slovenians Worried about Economic Situation (adds)

Ljubljana, 01 February (STA) - The autumn Eurobarometer survey found that while the majority Slovenians are worried about the economic situation in the country, they are still among the most satisfied with their lives among the bloc's nations.

The survey showed that 80% of Slovenians perceive the country's economic situation as bad, while 20% see it as good. This puts Slovenia below the bloc's average, where 75% think the economic situation in their countries is bad and 23% consider it good.

Slovenians are meanwhile more optimistic regarding the European and global economic situation. Europe's economic situation is perceived as good by 31% of the respondents, while 68% see it as bad. The situation of global economy was assessed as good by 23% of the respondents and as bad by 75%.

Slovenians are also rather pessimistic about the country's economic future, with 40% of the respondents expecting the situation in the country to deteriorate in the coming 12 months and 27% expecting it to improve. Just over 30% do not expect any changes. In the EU, 31% of the respondents expect the economic situation in their countries to grow worse in next year.

Asked about the challenges Slovenia was currently facing, 56% of the respondents listed unemployment (6 percentage points more than in the spring edition of the survey) and 52% pointed to the economic situation ( down 7 percentage points compared to spring).

This resembles the sentiment in the EU, where 51% said unemployment was the greatest challenge, followed by the economic situation (41%).

However, despite seeing the economic situation in the country as bad, Slovenians are satisfied with their lives, with the share of those who feel so remaining the same as in the spring 2009 at 86%. On the EU level, the share of those satisfied with their lives stands at 78%.

Slovenians are in favour of the EU playing a bigger role in fighting the crisis, with 81% of the respondents saying that the bloc's economic and financial policies should be coordinated better.

Over three quarters also support EU's oversight over the use of public funds in saving financial institutions and over international financial groups, and its stronger role in the regulation of the financial sector.

The majority of Slovenians (70%) think that Slovenia needs more reforms, and 69% think that reforms that would benefit future generations even if at the expense of the current generations should be carried out.

Slovenia also remains above the EU average when it comes to the support for EU enlargement, with 68% of the respondents saying they supported opening the bloc's door to new members.

The EU average stands at 46%, with the enlargement enjoying the highest support in Poland and Slovakia (70%), followed by Slovenia.

The survey was carried out between 24 October and 15 November among 1,015 people.

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