Eurobarometer: Ireland among most pro-European member states
The newest edition of the Eurobarometer shows that Ireland is among the most pro-European member states with 89% of respondents stating that membership has benefitted the country and 69% saying that their voice counts in the EU that compares to an EU average of 68% and 56% respectively.
This year's EU elections also marked a record turn-out. The results of the post-electoral Eurobarometer survey, one of the most comprehensive quantitative surveys on the last European elections publicly available show that the turnout was mainly driven by enthusiastic young voters across the continent.
Overall turnout at European elections was 50.6% - the highest since 1994. 19 Member States registered increases in voter turnout since 2014, especially Poland, Romania, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Germany as well as Slovakia and Czechia, where turnout is traditionally very low. Meanwhile turnout fell in only eight countries, though by less than 3 percentage points. Voting is compulsory in five countries - Belgium, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Cyprus and Greece.
“The very significant boost in voter turn-out in May’s European elections shows that people, especially the younger generation, value their democratic rights and believe that the European Union is stronger when acting in unison to address their concerns,” commented David Sassoli (S&D, IT), President of the newly elected Parliament.
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