The vast majority of people in Malta, 83%, believe health should be prioritised over the economy when it comes to Covid-19 restrictions, compared to the EU average of 58%.
Only 16% of Maltese believed the economic damage of restrictive measures was greater than the health benefits, compared to the EU average of 41%.
This is despite the fact that more than half the Malta respondents to an EU Barometer survey said they were either already financial impacted (33%) or expect to have an impact in the future (23%), in line with the EU average.
Malta was found to have remained largely pro-EU in the survey, with 73% saying they were satisfied by the measures taken by the EU in this pandemic, and 63% felt satisfied with the solidarity shown between countries.
Ninety-one percent of Maltese also want to give more powers to the EU to deal with crises like Covid-19, compared to the EU average of 74%. The Maltese have urged the European Parliament to ensure more competences on public health (54%) and climate change (48%), followed by migration (31%).
Malta was the second country most likely to want to give the EU more powers, after Portugal.
Interestingly, 46% of people in Malta said that things were going in the right direction in the EU, up from 24% in 2020. Only 22% of Maltese think things in the EU are going in the wrong direction.
Conversely, only 36% of people in Malta think that things on the island are going in the right direction and 46% think things are going in the wrong direction.
In Malta, 65% of respondents said they felt “uncertainty”, the second country after Greece to mention this sentiment, compared to the EU average of 45%.
The survey was held with 500 respondents through a combination of face-to-face and online polling.
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This article is part of a content series called Ewropej. This is a multi-newsroom initiative part-funded by the European Parliament to bring the work of the EP closer to the citizens of Malta and keep them informed about matters that affect their daily lives. This article reflects only the author’s view. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.