The European Parliament released on 6 of December its Parlemeter 2023 survey showing citizens’ continued support for the EU and a higher interest in the upcoming European elections. Over seven in ten citizens believe their country has benefited from being a member of the EU.
The main reasons cited by this survey’s respondents are the EU’s contribution to maintaining peace and strengthening security (34%) and the improved co-operation between countries of the Union (34%). Likewise, the image of the EU has remained stable since March 2023, with 45% of EU citizens having a positive image of the bloc, 38% have a neutral image and 16% have a negative image.
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, commenting on the results of the survey, said: “This Eurobarometer shows that Europe matters. In this difficult geopolitical and socio-economic context, citizens trust the European Union to find solutions. A vast majority of Europeans believe that EU actions have had a positive impact on their daily lives.” Far from the notion of being distant from people’s everyday life, 70% of EU citizens believe that EU actions do have an impact on their daily life. More than one third of EU citizens see the fight against poverty and social exclusion (36%) and public health (34%) as the main topics for the European Parliament to prioritise.
Action against climate change as well as support to the economy and creation of new jobs (both 29%) follow closely while migration and asylum (18%), currently on ninth position, has increased by seven percentage points since autumn last year. Eurobarometer surveys are the official polling instrument used by the European Parliament, the European Commission and other EU institutions and agencies to regularly monitor the state of public opinion in Europe on issues related to the European Union, as well as attitudes on subjects of political or social nature.
The Eurobarometer provides quality and relevant data for experts in public opinion, researchers, media and the public. The Eurobarometer project was initiated in 1974 by the European Commission as a means to “reveal Europeans to themselves”. Since then, it has evolved and expanded significantly with different survey tools. In 2007, the European Parliament started its own regular series of Eurobarometer surveys, focussing on topics specific to the European Parliament, including the European elections.
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