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 and September 2018 surveys show overall growing support for the EU
The 2018 Parliament surveys, confirm citizens’ steadily growing support for the European Union. Carried out again in September 2018 amongst more than 27,000 people from 28 member states, it reveals that:
Asked about the specific issues of concern, citizens’ campaign priorities have evolved over the past six-month period. Immigration tops the agenda (50%) in September, followed by economy (47%) and youth unemployment (47%), whilst combatting terrorism moved down from first to fourth place with 44%.
Results for Ireland (available soon)
Compare with April survey
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. The first one was done in September.
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: