Six in 10 Greeks see situation as getting worse

Six out of 10 Greeks believe the economy will get worse before it gets better, according to the results of a Eurobarometer poll which showed Greeks to be among the most pessimistic in the European Union.

On average 46 percent of citizens across the 28-member EU who were polled for the survey expressed a negative outlook. Greeks took a bleak view with more than half (55 percent) saying they believed the EU would be a fairer place after the crisis compared to an average EU rate of 39 percent. However, in responding to the survey, which was conducted last November, 63 percent of Greeks expressed their support for the single currency, above the 56 percent EU average.

An overwhelming majority (98 percent) expressed discontent with the state of the Greek economy.

Meanwhile six in 10 said they were dissatisfied with their daily lives compared to a rate of eight in 10 respondents overall who claimed to be happy with their lives. Just one in four Greeks said they were content with their professional situation, with 53 percent expressing dissatisfaction in this area, the highest rate in the EU.

Greeks remain skeptical about the country’s media, with 79 percent saying they do not trust Greek television reports compared to an EU average of 45 percent.