This Eurobarometer survey on "Europeans and the crisis" is the third such survey realised by the European Parliament.
The first one was carried out in January-February 2009, six months before the European elections, while the second was conducted in September 2010. The fieldwork for this survey was carried out by TNS opinion between 13 April and 2 May 2011 on the basis of face-to-face interviews with 26 825 European citizens.
In the seven months since the previous survey, the national and international context has been marked by several major events which have undoubtedly played an important role in shaping the answers of Europeans to the questions posed.
In-between, public opinion at EU level has moved only marginally, whereas there were major shifts between the first and second surveys (January - August 2010). It should be borne in mind that the six most populous Member States account for approximately 70% of the EU 27 average.
Before analysing the results of this survey in detail, it is worth highlighting the main findings:
The European Parliament regularly commissions surveys on public opinion in the Member States.
This is a means of keeping Parliament in touch with people's perceptions and expectations of its work and that of the European Union generally. The surveys are also extremely useful at the preparation, decision-making and evaluation stages of parliamentary business.
Readers will find them a source of information not only about attitudes in the EU to climate change or the current economic situation but also about how people see - and what they expect from - European elections, the European Parliament and European integration in general.