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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.


2017 Parlemeter

80% of Irish citizens say EU membership is good for Ireland, while the share of Irish citizens who believe that Ireland has benefitted from EU membership is 90% compared to an EU average of 64%.  Learn more about the latest opinion poll of citizens' views on the EU and the European Parliament.

Further information here

Eurobarometer survey:  Two years until the 2019 European Elections

In the run-up to the 2019 European Elections, this Eurobarometer survey looks at European citizens' attitudes towards the European Union.  The survey was carried out between 18 and 27 March 2017.

Full survey here

2016 Parlemeter - 18 November 2016

The yearly Parlemeter explores the socio-demographic trends in public opinion in the Member States of the European Union. 

This fifth edition posed questions on how the European Parliament is perceived in different regions of Member States, including Ireland.

The Eurobarometer survey is an in-depth survey and analysis of attitudes towards the European Union and its policies and priorities. 


Ireland:  European identity and citizenship - March 2016

This survey focuses on questions about European identity and citizenship in the period 2007-2015.  The findings show, amongst others, that the single currency is the main element of European identity for Irish citizens, followed by the values of democracy and freedom, which top the list at EU level. Regarding European citizenship, a European social welfare system harmonized between the Member States (healthcare, education, pensions, etc.) is the first element mentioned at EU level, and the second one by the Irish respondents who cite in the first place “Being able to move to any EU country after retirement and taking the pension with them“ (especially mentioned by the oldest generations).


Perceptions of the European Parliament in Ireland

This analysis of the perception of the European Parliament in the different regions of Ireland is composed of a selection of questions frequently asked in the Parlemeter. It is not a survey at a regional level, but a combination of results of sixteen Eurobarometer surveys on the European Parliament (Parlemeter) carried out over a period of about seven years – from 2007 to 2014.

European Youth in 2014 - published 28 April 2014
One year to go to the European elections: Parlameter part - published 18 October 2014
One year to go to the 2014 European elections: Economic and social part - published 5 September 2013
One year to go to the 2014 European elections - June 2013
Abstention and voting behavior in the 2009 European elections - December 2012
Two years to go to the 2014 European elections - June 2012
Irish referendum on Fiscal compact - Post referendum survey - May 2012
The crisis and the economic governance in Europe - March 2012

Perceptions of the European Parliament in Ireland - February 2012

You will find below the interregional analysis of perceptions of the European Parliament in Ireland.  This analysis is not a regional poll but a combination of the results of eight Eurobarometer surveys about the European Parliament (Parlemeter) that provide a picture of the state of public opinion on a  regional scale and is structured around a selection of questions which are regularly asked in the Parlemeter. This analysis was commissioned by the European Parliament and conducted by TNS Opinion.