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National opinion trends

Socio-demographic trends in national public opinion


A national analysis has been carried out as a follow-up to the exploratory study ‘Major changes in European public opinion with regard to the EU’, which showed how public opinion had changed in the 28 Member States since 1973.

The new national analysis is made up of three Powerpoint presentations that show how public opinion in each of the Member States has changed since 2007.

A number of indicators were used to reflect the widely varying national situations behind the European results:

  • 1. The first presentation, ‘national public opinion trends’, analyses how the answers to key Eurobarometer questions changed in each Member State between 2007 and 2015, in particular:
      - the image of the EP
      - the role of the EP
      - membership of the EU
      - membership of the EU
  • 2. The second presentation, which also focuses on individual Member States, is devoted to socio demographic trends. It shows the main differences between the EU average and the national results for the key questions referred to above and for others. It breaks trends down by gender, age and socio-professional category.
  • 3. The third presentation deals more specifically with topics relating to ‘identity and EU citizenship’. The changes in public opinion between 2007 and 2015 are dealt with on a national basis and compared with the European average. On a socio-demographic level, a specific analysis was made of the differences between age groups.

  • National opinion trends IE, UK,
  • Socio-demographic trendlines IE, UK,
  • Identity and citizenship trendlines IE, UK,
The EP and the expectations of European citizens

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.