Category Archives: Public opinion surveys

Eurobarometer: EU Public Opinion Surveys

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.

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Eurobarometer 86 – The UK Report

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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.

Eurobarometer: Surveys to monitor public opinion over time

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Ever wondered what Europeans feel about robots?

Do you need real people giving real opinions on issues relating to the European Union for your research?

Eurobarometer is a series of surveys regularly performed on behalf of the European Commission since 1973 and is a useful way for monitoring public opinion over time.

The Standard Eurobarometer survey is carried out each autumn and spring. The range of questions has been expanded over the years but most of the survey has remained the same so that data is comparable over time.

Special Eurobarometer Surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics.  Recent ones have been on attitudes to data protection, passenger rights, tobacco, humanitarian aid and security.

Flash Eurobarometer Surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These give results relatively quickly and focus on specific groups.