The answer you're most likely seeking is "xenophobic" or
"uncomfortable around foreigners,' as Cynthia-a suggested below. As I
researched your question, I came across many references to the survey,
which was done in 2000. That isn't all that recent, although attitudes
like that usually don't change radically in a short period of time
unless there's some calamitous event to change public opinion quickly.
It is also noteworthy because the figure is higher in Greece than in
some other countries, and because of Greece's plans to host the 2004
You can find some of the articles referring to this survey with the
following Google search:
"38 percent" greece xenophobia
You also get the "xenophobic" answer with this search:
"38 percent of greeks are"
Here is a sample of where the figure is used:
"A recent  EU survey reported that 38 percent of Greeks are
xenophobic, the highest rate in any of the 15 EU-member nations,
compared with the EU average of 15 percent.'
I should point out, in fairness to Greeks, that apparently the survey
showed that "38 percent of Greek people admit to feeling uncomfortable
in the presence of foreigners.' (See
http://www.sfcg.org.mk/Karavan/Karavan1/karavan_pg30.htm.) That's not
quite the same as xenophobia, which according to the dictionaries
conveys the idea of *fear* or *contempt* toward strangers or
foreigners. One could feel uncomfortable without necessarily feeling
fearful or contemptuous. Unfortunately, I didn't find details about
the survey wording or the context in which the question was asked. But
certainly I think it's more precise to say a large minority of Greeks
are "uncomfortable" around foreigners rather than "xenophobic."
Additionally, there are some other possibilities to answer your
question. They include "knowledgeable about the value of their
currency" and "supportive of the New Democracy Party." And there are
also instances where the 38-percent figure came up with regard to
knowledge about the news among Greek youth.
Athens News Agency
"38 percent of Greeks knew the exact parity of their national
currency, the drachma, to the euro, again above Germans placed last at
"A recent survey found that 38 percent of Greek high schoolers just
don't know what October 28 is."
Poll Confirms ND lead
"The latest six-monthly MRB poll found that if elections were held
today, 38 percent of those polled would vote for ND [the New Democracy
Party] and 29.7 percent for PASOK. Last December, 38.5 percent picked
ND and 32.4 percent PASOK. The poll was conducted from May 20 to June
3 among 2,000 respondents."
Academy Students Split on Iraq
"Responses indicate that [Greek] students get their news from three
main sources of information. These three categories include Greek
sources (Greek newspapers and TV), American sources (media from
America), and International sources (European and world-wide/
combination) news sources. Overall 40 percent of students received
news primarily from Greek news sources, 22 percent from American news,
and 38 percent from international news sources (a wide range of the
I hope you have found this information useful and interesting.
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