two thirds believe a referendum on euro introduction should have been heldApril 23rd, 2014
Four months after introducing the euro Latvians continue to be opposed to the transition writes Kārlis Seržants, Latvian MP and member of the EUD on Aprinkis.lv about the findings of a new EUD poll conducted by the most reputed pollster in Latvia, SKDS. The poll shows 52% opposed to the transition to the euro, while support stands at only 22%.
66% of respondents believe the government and parliament acted in the wrong way when they decided not to hold a referendum on the introduction of the euro.
When asked what the main reason for the governments decision to adopt the euro Latvians responded as follows. Note the low number of respondents (5%) choosing foreign security benefits as the main reason.
When asked ”How confident are you that Latvia will receive the benefits of transitioning from lats to euros promised by the government and various experts?” 72% of respondents said that they are not confident, while only 16% said they are confident.
Latvian citizens disagree with statements made by the Latvian Central Bank leading up to and during the transition phase.
87% of Latvians believe prices have increased during the last six months (Latvia introduced the euro on January 1st 2014). A study by a Latvian daily has found that prices of a normal basket of goods have gone up 20% during the last six months.
EUD has campaigned throughout 2012 and 2013 to inform the Latvian citizens of the consequences of giving up monetary policy sovereignty. The EUD will continue its information efforts in Lithuania. Please support our efforts by making a donation.The field work was conducted 7-20 March 2014 and the sample size was 1000. Full poll data can be found here.