What do people think and know about human rights?

AuthorEuropean Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (EU body or agency)
ËNearly 9 in 10 people (88 %) in the EU think that human rights are important for creating
a fairer society in their country. This ranges from a ‘low’ of 76 % in Hungary to a ‘high’ of 96 %
in Malta. In addition, almost two thirds (64 %) disagree with the statement “human rights are
meaningless to me in everyday life”. This shows that people in the EU widely believe that human
rights can play a useful and meaningful role in their lives.
ËAt the same time, almost 7 in 10 (68 %) think that some people take unfair advantage of
human rights. In addition, one third of people (33 %) in the EU agree with the statement that
criminals and terrorists”.
statement that everybody in their country enjoys the same basic human rights. By contrast,
36 % of people who are unemployed agree or strongly agree with this statement. These results
Namely, 65 % of people who are employed and make ends meet ‘easily’ or ‘very easily’ think
that everyone in their country enjoys the same basic rights. In contrast, 41 % of people who are
ËThe results indicate a link between people’s income and education, and their views on human
rights. People who struggle to make ends meet with their household income, and those whose
highest completed level of education is lower secondary education or less, are less likely to feel
that everyone in their country enjoys the same human rights.
terrorists”. Meanwhile, 27 % of those who are coping very easily with their current income hold
compared with 32 % who are in no way limited.
abuses are not really a problem in their country, but instead are something that happens
women (44 %).

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