Do you need surveys of public opinion for your research? Have you heard of Eurobarometer? It is a series of surveys done across Europe for the European Commission covering attitudes towards the EU, social conditions, health, the economy, citizenship, the environment, IT, security and more. The surveys have been conducted since 1973.
The Standard Eurobarometer is designed to compare and gauge trends over time by keeping the bulk of the survey the same. These surveys are undertaken twice a year.
Special Eurobarometer surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics. Recent survey have been on attitudes to sport and physical activity and Europeans, Agriculture and the CAP
Flash Eurobarometer surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These produce results fairly quickly and focus on specific groups. Recent surveys have included fake news and disinformation online and SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets.
Standard Eurobarometer surveys on EU citizens’ opinions are conducted twice every year.
For the latest report surveys took place, during November 2016, in the 28 EU Member States, in the five candidate countries and with the Turkish Cypriot Community from the part of the country not controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus. The report analyses how Europeans view their political institutions as well as the EU and its institutions. It also looks at attitudes on European citizenship and on issues such as free movement, migration and the euro.
The UK report covers a number of the key issues and looks at recent changes in attitudes across the 28 member states and compares them to the UK.
Key UK findings were:
a fall in negative feelings on immigration
on an individual basis, the major concern is now inflation and rising prices
more positive feelings of attachment to the EU
a higher level of understanding how the EU works
a strong increase in pessimism on the future of the EU
a majority believes the UK could better face the future outside the EU
More information on other types of Eurobarometer reports can be accessed here.
The results of the 2016 Parlemeter poll have recently been published. The Parlemeter surveys focus on how the European Parliament is viewed by Europeans, knowledge of the institution, EU membership, citizenship and political values.
This year’s results show that 53% of those interviewed believe being in the EU is good for their country. However 54% felt that “things are going in the wrong direction” (p.8 of the analytical overview).