Pubic concern about government debt

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The share of people who are very concerned about public debt varies a lot across countries. The magnitude of public concern for selected is show in this chart:

Data: Pew Global Attitudes survey, 2014

I posted the spreadsheet with additional countries on Github.

Looking at the EU only, the deficit was mentioned as one of two priorities by a substantial proportion of people in many countries, including some where debt sustainability was not an immediate concern:

Data: Eurobarometer (2010)

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