Opinion Polls and Surveys in all member states 

 
 

 Parliament regularly issues Eurobarometer surveys of public opinion, monitoring citizens’ expectations, concerns, common trends and national differences.

A dedicated series of Parliament Eurobarometer surveys is gauging Europeans’ interest in the 2019 elections and their opinions on the European project. Detailed post-election analyses will complete this series to improve understanding of European citizens’ voting behaviour.

April 2018 survey showed overall growing support of EU

The latest Parliament Eurobarometer survey, published exactly one year ahead of the European elections, confirms citizens’ steadily growing support for the European Union. Conducted in April 2018 amongst 27,601 people from 28 Member States, it reveals that

  • 60% of citizens believe that EU membership of their country is a good thing whilst over two-thirds of respondents are convinced that
  • their country has benefited from being a member of the EU. This is the highest score ever measured since 1983.
  • almost a third of respondents already know the date of the next European elections, with 50% being interested in it.
  • the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ process is perceived as a positive development for European democracy with almost half of respondents saying it would make them more likely to vote.
  • nearly three quarters of citizens want this lead candidate process to be accompanied by a real debate about European issues and the future of the EU.

Asked about the specific issues of concern respondents would like to see debated in the election campaigns across the continent, almost half of Europeans (49%) cite the fight against terrorism as priority topic, followed by youth unemployment’ (48%), immigration (45%) and economy and growth (42%). Approximately one third of Europeans cite the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment (35%) whilst promoting human rights and democracy as well as the social protection of EU citizens are listed by 32% of respondents.

Read the full survey

Upcoming surveys

A detailed analysis of survey data on citizens’ current perception of EU action and on their expectations for future EU intervention will be published mid-September.

The Parlemeter 2018 survey on Parliament’s public image and role is due in October.

Election Polls to come

In the run-up to the elections, polls on voting intentions in the EU27 will be published bi-monthly and then weekly during the last month before the vote.

Eurobarometer survey methodology

European Parliament and EU Commission surveys are carried out by the same contractor with the same methodology, to allow for direct comparability and observation of trends. They use face-to-face interviews with around 27,000 respondents in all 28 EU Member States, drawn from the general population and aged 15 years or more.

The survey sample is carefully constructed to mirror the socio-demographic set-up of each member state and is statistically fully representative. The analysis of the results is meant to ensure the most complete overview of national evolutions, regional specificities, socio-demographic differences and historical trends.

For each survey, the following information is available:

  • the main report (EN only on publication date, all 23 languages later on),
  • complete socio-demographic and results annex
  • national factsheets on the main results for each member state (in English and national language)
  • aggregated Excel data files, and
  • a SPSS file with the full raw data set (available on request).

Recent surveys

Democracy on the move:- European elections: one year to go (May 2018)

Socio-demographic trends in national public opinion

Parlemeter 2017: A stronger voice (October 2017)

Two Years before the 2019 European Elections (May 2017)