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
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.
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: