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 28 Member States.
These surveys cover a wide range of issues, focusing primarily on the European citizens' knowledge of the European Parliament, their perceptions of the EU and its main challenges, their expectations in view of the European elections, the European Parliament and the European integration in general.
The analysis of the results is meant to ensure the most complete overview of national evolutions, regional specificities, as well as socio-demographic differences and historical trends.