Plurality of Lithuanians disagree with Government decision to introduce the euro

Majority thinks a referendum should have been held

December 12th, 2014

A survey commissioned by the EU-critical alliance Europeans United for Democracy (EUD) shows that 49% of Lithuanians disagree with their Government’s decision to introduce the euro, while only 26% of Lithuanians approve (5% fully, 21% tend to) of the decision to introduce the euro.

The survey also found that 57% of Lithuanians think that introducing the euro without a referendum is wrong. Only 32% responded that it was the right decision. Finally 64% of respondents were not confident “that Lithuania will receive the benefits of transitioning from Litas to Euros promised by the Government and various experts.”

These findings put in question the findings of EU funded surveys such as Eurobarometer that are long, complex and pro-euro biased. EUD’s poll was conducted using the same methodology as Eurobarometer, but was not part of a 20 question hour-long questionnaire. It shows definitively that one month from its introduction there is no public support for the euro in Lithuania.

The EUD is an EU-critical alliance with elected representation in 12 EU-countries. It has campaigned throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014 to inform Latvian and Lithuanian citizens of the consequences of giving up monetary policy sovereignty.

Full results in English & Lithuanian

Q1: IN YOUR MIND DID THE PARLIAMENT AND GOVERNMENT ACT IN THE RIGHT OR WRONG WAY BY DECIDING TO NOT HOLD A REFERENDUM ON CHANGING CURRENCY FROM LITAS TO EUROS OR NOT?

Q11Q2: WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO CHANGE NATIONAL CURRENCY FROM LITAS TO EURO?

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"If it's a Yes, we will say 'on we go', and if it's a No we will say 'we continue'." Jean Claude Juncker, leading up to the 2005 French referendum on the EU Constitution.
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