This year’s Eurobarometer gave more than 27,000 Europeans the chance to share exactly what’s on their mind. Their views help create a snapshot of Europe today and produce a glimpse of what is needed in the future.
Support for Europe is at its highest in 35 years as 67% of citizens believe their country benefits from EU membership, and for the first time in the last 10 years, the majority of them think their voice counts in Europe. If you want more democracy and we need more democracy, we need to strengthen the European Parliament. We are defending our values inside and outside the European Union. Across the EU, citizens have made it clear what's most important to them, beginning with democracy. Half of Europeans are interested in EU elections and almost one third know the date of next year's vote. Nearly half of the people surveyed say the lead candidate process, which gives them a say in who will become the Commission president, motivates them to vote again. Over 60% of the citizens believe this process makes the EU more transparent and democratic. Terrorism, youth unemployment and immigration top the list of priorities citizens want the EU to address. Economic prosperity, the fight against climate change and human rights are also important. So what's the biggest challenge for the EU? Citizens place greater importance on national rather than European elections. Even though voting is seen as a civic duty and a way to bring about change, the EU has its work cut out for it in order to get people to the polls.