Eurobarometer: Slovenians happy with their lives, displeased with how democracy works

Ljubljana – Slovenians are generally satisfied with their lives, but they are unhappy about the way democracy works in their country, shows the latest Eurobarometer survey conducted in February and March.

A full 81% said they were very satisfied or fairly satisfied with their lives, above the EU average of 79% but still nine percentage points below the previous measurement, in spring 2020; the EU average declined by five points.

Slovenians were however the least satisfied with how democracy works in their country, with 25% satisfied and 75% dissatisfied, significantly worse than in the previous year and the lowest level of satisfaction in the entire bloc.

At the EU level in general the pollsters detected a three-point drop in satisfaction, though overall those who are satisfied, at 55%, still outnumbered those who were dissatisfied.

Slovenians were also very dissatisfied with government measures to contain the pandemic, with 31% expressing satisfaction versus the EU average of 43%.

The EU’s reputation, on the other hand, improved across the bloc; in Slovenia, over half the respondents said the EU had a positive reputation.

Asked about trust in institutions, the results for Slovenia show a declining trust in the army and police, political parties, the justice system and the public administration, though both the army and the police enjoy the trust of the majority of the population.

As for trust in the media, the survey showed only radio enjoys the trust of the majority of the population (58%), followed by television (48%) and newspapers (47%). The internet in general and social networks in particular score even lower, at 34% and 28%, respectively.

The majority, 59%, believe that the Slovenian media provide trustworthy information, and 65% are of the opinion they provide a plurality of opinions and information. Both figures are significantly below the EU average.

The survey was conducted in all member states and involved over 1,000 respondents in each country.