Surveys in all member states
Parliament regularly issues Eurobarometer surveys on public opinion, monitoring citizens’ expectations, concerns and political priorities.
These surveys cover a wide range of issues, focusing on citizens’ perceptions and expectations of EU action, and the main challenges the Union is facing. The surveys also measure in detail citizens’ attitudes towards the EU and the European Parliament, while keeping a close eye on the public’s views on the European elections.
Due to this long-running exercise, the analysis of the results provides a detailed insight into trends and the evolution in public opinion on European issues, both on a national and a socio-demographic level. Find out more on Parliament’s Eurobarometer website.
Flash survey 17-25 August 2021
Asked which issues the European Parliament should pursue as its political priorities, respondents put actions against climate change in first place, backed by 43% of citizens, measures to fight poverty and social exclusion (32%), support for the economy and to create new jobs as well as fight against terrorism (both 31%). Public health as well as migration and asylum come in joint fourth position with 27% each. Four out of five citizens (81%) agree that ‘the EU should only provide funds to Member States conditional upon their government’s implementation of the rule of law and of democratic principles’. Read more.
2021 spring survey showed overall support for the EU and need for reform
The spring 2021 Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament and conducted between March and April 2021 shows the increasingly felt impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on citizens’ personal lives and financial situation. Eight out of ten respondents know what the EU is doing to tackle the pandemic’s consequences, while citizens put public health, the fight against poverty, supporting the economy and jobs as well as tackling climate change at the top of their priorities for the European Parliament.
Compare it with the autumn 2020 Eurobarometer survey.
Eurobarometer survey methodology
European Parliament and EU Commission surveys are carried out using the same methodology, so that they can be directly compared and trends can be more easily observed. They use interviews conducted with around 27 000 respondents in all 27 EU member states, drawn from the general population aged 15 years or more.
The survey sample mirrors the socio-demographic set-up of each member state and is statistically fully representative.
For each survey, the following information is made available:
- the main report (in English only on publication date, in all 23 EU 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
- an SPSS file with the full raw data set (available on request).