The fieldwork of this new Parlemeter survey on the European Parliament was between 25 November and 17 December 2010. In view of the 2014 European elections, it is necessary to assess the perception that European citizens have of the European Parliament and the policies and values which the institution must defend.
Although with a very slight decrease, the results are characterized by a stabilisation of the key indicators. To better understand the results, we should remember that the last Parlemeter was published nine months after the elections, period during which the Europeans still remembered the June 2009 elections.
The general context of this survey is particularly marked by the financial, economic and social crisis and especially with the difficulties of the euro area and the debate on the European economic convergence.
Between the two surveys, the question of solidarity between Member States mobilised thinking on Europe.
A number of major trends can be drawn from these results
As in past surveys, the analysis of the results presented in this note demonstrates that the European averages* should be analysed in the light of national results. Thus, when we analyse the responses by Member state, there are large differences that can reach up to 52 percentage points and the evolution of the results by country can sometimes be important between the two surveys.
In summary, the main characteristics of the answers of the Europeans to this survey are as follows:
In the answers to the questions, a number of common features can be highlighted. In fact, we can see that:
It should be remembered that the results of the seven most populated Member States accounted for about three quarters of the EU27average.
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.