More people affected by economic crisis

An increasing number of people are noticing the effects of the economic crisis, according to figures released on Friday by the government’s socio-cultural policy unit SCP.

In the second quarter of this year, 62% of those questioned said they were noticing the effects, compared with 41% in 2009, the year after the banking collapse.

They know more people who are out of work or have lost their own job. They are also concerned about rising costs, particularly in healthcare, while their salaries remain the same or are reduced.

The government must invest in creating jobs say 87%, compared with 65% in 2009.

Confidence in the government has fallen, says the SCP. One month after the election in September 2012, 57% said they trusted the government. That figure is now down to 48%.

Confidence in the banks has fallen even more. In 2009, 58% still trusted the banks, but that figure is now 33%.

Support for the European Union and the euro is crumbling, says the SCP. The number of people who support EU membership fell from 45% in the first quarter of 2013 to 41% in the second quarter, the lowest level in five years.

Support for the euro was also down in the same period, from 36% to 28%.




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