A few months after the European Elections, Parliament’s autumn Eurobarometer survey, the Parlemeter 2019, shows citizens’ support for membership of the European Union settling on a high level. Nearly six in ten Europeans continue to be in favour of their country’s EU membership. Irish citizens again lead the way with 81% of people believing that EU membership is a good thing.
Irish citizens also believe more strongly than their other European counterparts that the European Parliament should prioritise gender equality; freedom of speech and the protection of minorities.
European citizens specifically want a stronger European Parliament, as 58% of respondents in the EU as a whole and 60% of Irish respondents call for a more influential Parliament in the future. This is a plus of 7 percentage points since spring 2019 and the highest result for this question since 2007.
Interestingly, the Irish (74%), Swedes (71%) and Cypriots (70%) are most convinced that the youth led protests will lead to political measures being taken at EU level, compared to 42% of Czechs and 47% of UK citizens. The survey also asked respondents which environmental concern is the most pressing. An absolute majority of Europeans (52%) believe that it is climate change comparing with 59% of Irish respondents.