Athens-based NGO think-tank diaNEOsis presented the findings of the first part of a broad-ranging survey, entitled “What do Greeks believe in a constantly evolving and changing landscape,” at the 9th Delphi Economic Forum, in Delphi from April 10 to April 13.

The results of the survey, conducted in mid-January on a sample of one thousand people, were presented during a panel discussion by the president and CEO of research company Metron Analysis, Stratos Fanaras, and Ilias Nikolaidis, content director of diaNEOsis.

The findings revealed that Greeks were less concerned with major global challenges like climate change, economic inequalities, wars, and migration, instead considering the economic situation in Greece as the most pressing issue.

Other issues Greeks considered important include the changing traditional family model and incidents of domestic violence against women, reflecting the news cycle following the recent murder of a woman by her partner outside a police station and the passing of a bill in the Greek parliament of same-sex marriage.

Interestingly, the survey showed that Greeks believed minority rights were more protected than their rights.

Commenting on the survey, a former Minister holding different portfolios, and professor at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Evangelos Venizelos, said that according to the research, Greeks were turning to God seeking metaphysical solutions as they felt disenchanted by the solutions proposed.

“Society is fearful and divided,” Venizelos noted during his intervention, and has developed a strong sense of self-preservation. However, he observed from the survey that people do not have a full sense of the danger coming from our volatile neighborhood in the Middle East and Ukraine.