A majority of European citizens cheered the role that the European Parliament played in the election of the new Commission President, says the 2014 Parlameter survey, published on Friday. More Europeans now feel that their voice counts in EU-level decision making. Over half the respondents said that EU membership is a good thing.
The survey, following May’s EU elections and the subsequent inauguration of the European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, found a heightened awareness among citizens both of EU affairs and the European Parliament. Knowledge of the European Parliament nonetheless remains weak.
Key findings (changes compared to June 2013)
The European Parliament Eurobarometer - 2014 Parlameter survey was commissioned by Parliament. Questions were put to 27,801 citizens between 29 November and 9 December 2014 on their perceptions and knowledge of the institution and the European Union as a whole, as well as individual policy areas. This annual survey provides results at both EU and individual member state levels. For the full 2014 results and the previous outcomes, see Parlameter page.