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.
The EP is publishing this week the full results of its 2022 Eurobarometer survey, which ran from mid-October to early November. The research focuses on the concerns expressed by EU citizens as well as their degree of support for their institutions and policies.
Key findings of the latest Eurobarometer:
The rising cost of living is the most pressing worry for 93% of Europeans, followed by the threat of poverty and social exclusion (82%)
Recent crises strengthened citizens’ support for the European Union: 72% believe that their country has benefited from being a member of the EU and 62% see EU membership as a “good thing”
Citizens expect the EU to continue working on solutions to mitigate the effects of the consecutive crises