Published 26 August 2019 in Surveys
39% of French people think that the French economy would be worse off if France left the European Union. This is double the number who think the opposite.
In parallel, those French people who are the most concerned about global poverty are also those (50%) who see a positive link between being a member state of the European Union and a strong economy for France.
In this way, there is a positive loop between support for development and identification of a positive economic benefit at a national level to open borders to the world beyond (in this case, to a European level).
Logically, those who see France as a national, individual territory (for example those who voted for far-right candidate Marine le Pen at the 2017 Presidential elections) are also those who have a negative opinion on the EU and who are less concerned about development issues.
This data comes from our survey conducted by the YouGov Institute and piloted by the research team at University College London and the University of Birmingham as part of the project Aid Attitudes Tracker which measures the evolution of opinions and behaviors on issues of international solidarity in four countries.