Improving optimism amongst Maltese families confirmed

In Malta the proportion of optimists is more than double those who are pessimistic about the future.

The latest Eurobarometer, conducted in late January, confirmed the relatively good situation of families in Malta, especially compared to those in the rest of Europe.

In Malta about 8 in 10 said that the economic situation is good. In contrast, across the Union, on average around 6 in 10 said the same. Looking at our nearest region, Sicily, less than 5 in 10 saw the economic situation there as good. Two out of every 10 Sicilian families do not expect that their region’s economy will improve. In Malta, despite the very high proportion who already think that the economy is doing well, there are twice as many – 4 out of 10 families – who expect more improvement.

While across Europe the proportion of those who expect their lives to get worse is almost equal to those who expect them to improve, in Malta the proportion of optimists is more than double those who are pessimistic about the future.

The economic situation is the biggest worry facing families in Sicily, with more than half of them seeing it as the biggest challenge for their region. Across Europe, by contrast, inflation is seen as the biggest challenge, with around a third of households worried about rising prices. In Malta while in November the Eurobarometer had shown that 65% of households were concerned about the cost of living, this proportion has now fallen to 29%. Now the biggest challenge that concerns Maltese families is the environment and climate change, with around a third of families indicating this issue.

While across the European Union there are more people who do not trust their government than people who trust it, in Malta the situation is the other way around. The region with the least trust in government is the Bucharest region of Romania, where those who trust the government of their country is about a third the proportion in Malta.

Both in Malta and in Europe on average there seems to be a greater proportion of those who believe that things are going in the right direction than those who believe otherwise.  In contrast, in Cyprus there are twice as many people saying things are going in the wrong direction compared to those who think things are going well.

Photo: Gustavo Fring

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