Parliament regularly issues Eurobarometer surveys of public opinion, monitoring citizens’ expectations, concerns, common trends and national differences.

A dedicated series of Parliament Eurobarometer surveys is gauging Europeans’ interest in the 2019 elections and their opinions on the European project. Detailed post-election analyses will complete this series to improve understanding of European citizens’ voting behaviour.

April and September 2018 surveys show overall growing support for the EU

The 2018 Parliament surveys, confirm citizens’ steadily growing support for the European Union. Carried out again in September 2018 amongst more than 27,000 people from 28 member states, it reveals that:

  • 62% of citizens believe that their countries' EU membership is a good thing, whilst over two-thirds of respondents (68 %) are convinced that their country has benefited from being a member of the EU. This is the highest score ever measured since 1983.
  • 66% of European respondents would vote for their country to remain a member of the EU (a majority in all member states) and only 17% would contemplate leaving, with 17% undecided.
  • 41% of respondents already know the date of the next European elections, with 51% being interested in it.

Asked about the specific issues of concern, citizens’ campaign priorities have evolved over the past six-month period. Immigration tops the agenda (50%) in September, followed by economy (47%) and youth unemployment (47%), whilst combatting terrorism moved down from first to fourth place with 44%.

Read the full September survey

Results for Ireland (available soon)

Compare with April survey

Election Polls up to date

In the run-up to the elections, polls on voting intentions in the EU27 will be published bi-monthly and then weekly during the last month before the vote. The first poll was conducted in September.

National polls on voting intentions

Eurobarometer survey methodology

European Parliament and EU Commission surveys are carried out by the same contractor with the same methodology, to allow for direct comparability and observation of trends. They use face-to-face interviews with around 27,000 respondents in all 28 EU member states, drawn from the general population and aged 15 years or more.

The survey sample is carefully constructed to mirror the socio-demographic set-up of each member state and is statistically fully representative. The analysis of the results is meant to ensure the most complete overview of national evolutions, regional specificities, socio-demographic differences and historical trends.

For each survey, the following information is available:

  • the main report (EN only on publication date, all 23 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
  • a SPSS file with the full raw data set (available on request).

Past surveys

Democracy on the move:- European elections: one year to go (April 2018)

Socio-demographic trends in national public opinion

Parlemeter 2017: A stronger voice (October 2017)

Two Years before the 2019 European Elections (May 2017)


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