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Re­spon­dents in Cyprus are more pos­i­tive to­wards de­vel­op­ment is­sues than those in the rest of the Euro­pean Union, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Euro­barom­e­ter survey, con­ducted ahead of the Euro­pean Year for De­vel­op­ment.

Almost all of the 503 re­spon­dents in­ter­viewed last Septem­ber, or 94%, agree it is im­por­tant to help peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries – the sec­ond high­est level in the EU after Swe­den (97%). Cyprus is also one of only four mem­ber states where the majority, or 64%, say help­ing peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries is very im­por­tant (Swe­den: 74%, Ire­land: 56%, Lux­em­bourg: 51%).

Re­spon­dents in Cyprus are much more likely than they were in 2013 to agree that tack­ling poverty in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries should be one of the EU’s main pri­or­i­ties (85%, up 8 per­cent­age points on 2013). Only re­spon­dents in Croa­tia (86%) are more likely to agree. Those in Cyprus are also much more likely than they were pre­vi­ously to agree that this should be one of their na­tional gov­ern­ment’s main pri­or­i­ties (+15 per­cent­age points), which brings the over­all re­sult to close to the EU av­er­age (44%).

Cyprus also recorded the

largest

in­crease

in

the pro­por­tion of peo­ple say­ing aid should be in­creased up to (+16) or beyond (+12) what has al­ready been promised. They are also the sec­ond most likely, along with peo­ple in Aus­tria, to say aid should be in­creased beyond what has been promised (both 22%).

Just over half of all re­spon­dents in Cyprus (55%) think in­di­vid­u­als can play a role in tack­ling poverty – a 14 per­cent­age point in­crease since the last survey, which is the largest in­crease seen in any EU mem­ber state. Re­spon­dents in Cyprus are also more likely than EU av­er­age to be will­ing to pay more for gro­ceries and prod­ucts from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries (58% vs. 49%) – a sub­stan­tial in­crease since 2013 (+12).

Those in Cyprus are the most pos­i­tive of any mem­ber state about the ef­fec­tive­ness of donat­ing (81%), vol­un­teer­ing (86%) or of­fi­cial de­vel­op­ment aid (89%) in help­ing re­duce poverty in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

In con­trast to the gen­eral EU trend, younger re­spon­dents (aged 15-24) are more likely than older re­spon­dents to be per­son­ally in­volved in help­ing de­vel­op­ing coun­tries (42% vs. 35%). Fur­ther­more, un­like in the EU as a whole, young peo­ple in Cyprus are much more likely to say they know some­thing about where na­tional (58% vs. 33%) or EU aid (41% vs. 31%) is go­ing.

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