Tuesday

24th May 2016

Euroscepticism in decline, poll indicates

  • More than 50 percent of Europeans support election of the EU Commission President (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

Euroscepticism is receding amongst Europeans who also want EU lawmakers to promote job creation and welfare schemes ahead of debt reduction,according to a poll published Thursday (6 September).

According the eurobarometer poll, 40 percent reported a positive image of the EU, up 9 percent from the previous poll in November. Eurosceptic sentiment across the 27-country bloc has fallen from 26 percent to 23 percent. Meanwhile, 50 percent regard their country's EU membership as a positive thing compared to 31 percent of naysayers.

Dear EUobserver reader

Subscribe now for unrestricted access to EUobserver.

Sign up for 30 days' free trial, no obligation. Full subscription only 15 € / month or 150 € / year.

  1. Unlimited access on desktop and mobile
  2. All premium articles, analysis, commentary and investigations
  3. EUobserver archives

EUobserver is the only independent news media covering EU affairs in Brussels and all 28 member states.

♡ We value your support.

If you already have an account click here to login.

Britons remain the most eurosceptic with 36 percent having a negative view of the EU compared to 22 percent viewing it in a positive light. However, the negative figure is down from 49 percent in November 2011.

The poll also suggests that citizens want governments and the EU to prioritise job creation programmes over austerity driven efforts to cut public debt, with 72 percent of respondents putting employment and welfare programmes ahead of 37 percent calling for attention to focus on fiscal consolidation.

When asked about policies they would like to see pursued at EU level 44 percent of interviewees said that a more harmonised social welfare system would “strengthen (their) feeling of being a European citizen”.

MEPs and pro-EU campaigners will also welcome the results indicating that the parliament is the most identified of the EU institutions, with 53 percent identifying the parliament against 27 percent and 25 percent for the commission and European Central Bank. Only one in ten could identify the European Council as an EU institution.

In addition, 71 percent of respondents agreed that the Parliament played an “important” role in the running of the EU.

There were also signs that voters have a grasp of the co-decision process of adopting EU legislation, with three in five agreeing with statements that the EU budget and European laws have to be agreed jointly by the European Parliament and the member states.

The detailed survey, “Two years to go to the European elections” was commissioned by the European Parliament and carried out through face-to-face interviews in June.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Innovators Under 35Meet MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 Award Recipients from Belgium on 25 May, 6pm
  2. Open EuropeJoin the Brussels Brexit Debate on Wednesday, 25 May at 5:00 PM
  3. World VisionWhy The EU Needs to Put Children at the Centre of Emergencies - In Their Words
  4. ACCASustainability Reporting in Danger of Losing Its Momentum Says ACCA and CDSB
  5. CEDEC - Covenant of MayorsWebinar on 25 May - Electric Vehicles Development: The Role of Local Entities
  6. Dialogue PlatformDiversity as Heritage of Humanity! Join the “Colors of the World“ Show at the EP
  7. Centre Maurits CoppietersCan the EU Give new Responses to the Basque Peace Process?” MEP Juaristi on Stateless Challenges Conference
  8. European Healthy Lifestyle AllianceImproving Cardiovascular Health Begins by Closing the Gap in Sex Disparities
  9. IPHRBrussels Talks to Take Stock of Human Rights in Turkmenistan
  10. World VisionCash-based Programming to Address Hunger in South Sudan:
  11. ACCA‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’ When it Comes to Fighting Corporate Malpractice
  12. Belgrade Security ForumOpen Call for Applications! Join the Events Team at the 6th Belgrade Security Forum.

Latest News

  1. Terrorists likely stockpiling explosives in EU, says Europol
  2. EU navies to help Libya coastguard stop migrants
  3. Merkel casts doubt on Turkey visa-free travel
  4. EU and Poland in last minute talks on rule of law
  5. Tough challenges ahead for Austria's president
  6. Search for VW compensation larger in EU than in US
  7. EU 'relief' at far-right defeat in Austria
  8. EU defends Turkey deal in light of Greek court ruling