By Peter Schroeder - 05/29/12 03:14 PM EDT
The survey also indicated that among European nations, there are widely varying views within the EU about the current situation and their fellow members.
For evidence, one need look no further than when Pew asked citizens of eight different European nations about stereotypes. When asked which nation was the most hardworking, all but Greece said it was the Germans. Greeks surveyed named themselves. When asked which country was the least hardworking, five of the eight identified Greece.
Among the nations surveyed, 80 percent of Germans have a positive view on how their nation's leaders have handled the crisis, while 62 percent of Greeks and 69 percent of the Polish and Czech participants surveyed have a negative perspective on how leaders have handled matters.
On the matter of bailing out ailing nations, there is a wide divergence of opinion depending on which side of the equation a nation falls. Those surveyed from struggling nations like Spain and Greece were vastly opposed to the notion that other EU nations should not provide assistance, while more or roughly half of those from Britain, France or Germany agreed with that idea.
However, nations across the board thought efforts to cut spending had gone too far, pushing back against the recent pursuit of austerity by nations across Europe.