This survey of Europeans and the crisis is the second one instigated by the European Parliament. The first took place in January/February 2009, preceding the European elections of June 2009.
Between the two European Parliament enquiries, the European Union launched various initiatives aimed at fighting the crisis: regulations, a European monetary fund, economic governance, 2020 strategy, etc. The Parliament has taken stances on some of these, or is about to, through various global reports.
At the same time, Member States have launched deep budgetary reforms aimed at reducing public deficits.
It is in this context that Europeans were questioned about their concerns relating to the crisis: How they perceive the responses of the EU and the Member States? What they think about solidarity between Member States? Which actors are most able to combat the crisis? What priority policies should be decided today at EU level? What next for the EU in 2020? etc.
27 218 citizens were interviewed face-to-face by TNS Opinion. The results confirmed the great worries of Europeans in the face of the crisis - concerns which were already evident in the former Eurobarometer. The main findings are as follows:
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.