Research

On behalf of Századvég, Millward Brown conducted a telephone opinion poll in the 28 countries of the European Union between 10 April and 31 May 2017. A total of 28,039 adult respondents were randomly selected by the CATI method. As a result of the sample, the data presented may differ by +/- one per cent from that gained if the entire population of Europe had been asked. The error limits for certain countries are +/- 3.2 per cent. The total results for the EU28 are population-weighted averages.

The aims of the study

  • to get to know the feeling of prosperity in the countries
  • map the attitudes of the citizens related to the EU
  • examine perception of the citizens regarding relevant social, political and foreign affairs activities and attached climate of opinions
  • to asses opinions regarding migration wave
  • to asses view on terrorism
  • to measure a general trust towards different institutions and entities

One thousand adult citizens from each of the 28 EU countries were asked the questions. The poll was conducted in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

 

Country Sample – numbers
atAustria 1004
beBelgium 1000
bgBulgaria 1000
hrCroatia 1000
cyCyprus 1000
czCzech Republic 1007
dkDenmark 1000
eeEstonia 1000
fiFinland 1005
frFrance 1004
deGermany 1000
grGreece 1001
huHungary 1002
Ireland 1000
Country Sample – numbers
Italy 1000
lvLatvia 1000
ltLithuania 1005
luLuxemburg 1000
mtMalta 1000
nlNetherlands 1001
poPoland 1000
ptPortugal 1005
roRomania 1000
skSlovakia 1000
siSlovenia 1000
esSpain 1006
seSweden 1000
gbUnited Kingdom 1000
Total 28039

 

Questionnaire

Q1. Generally speaking, do you think that things in your country are going in the right direction, or do you feel things are going in the wrong direction, or only that they are somewhat going in the right or wrong direction?

  1. Right direction, strongly
  2. Right direction, somewhat
  3. Wrong direction, somewhat
  4. Wrong direction, strongly
  5. Neither/both

9.DK/Refused

 

Q2.Looking forward to next year, do you think the economy throughout the European Union will be stronger or weaker than it is now?

  1. Stronger
  2. Weaker
  3. The same

9.DK/Refused

 

Q3. How would you vote in a referendum about your country to stay in or to leave the EU?

  1. To stay in the EU
  2. To leave the EU

9. DK/Refused

 

Rate the job that the EU is doing in each of the following!

Excellent Good Poor DK/Ref
Q4. Improving the economy 1 2 3 9
Q5. Handling the immigration crisis 1 2 3 9
Q6. Fighting terrorism and preventing more terrorist attacks in Europe 1 2 3 9

 

Do you approve or disapprove of each of the following actions?

Approve Disapprove DK/Ref
Q7. The European Union quota plan to distribute recent immigrants throughout Europe 1 2 9
Q8. The migration handling agreement between the EU and Turkey 1 2 9
Q9. Your nation should have fences to protect its borders against immigrants 1 2 9

 

Q10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The EU should protect its outer European borders more effectively

  1. Agree
  2. Disagree

9.DK/Refused

 

Q11. When Britain leaves the EU, will the Union be…?

  1. A lot stronger
  2. Somewhat stronger
  3. It will make no difference
  4. Somewhat weaker
  5. A lot weaker

9. DK/Refused

 

Q12. In your view, will the European Union still exist in 10 years?

  1. Yes
  2. No

9.DK/Refused

 

Q13. How likely do you expect that a terrorist attack like what happened in Paris, in Brussels or in Berlin could happen in your country?

  1. Very likely
  2. Somewhat likely
  3. Not likely at all
  1. DK/Refused

 

Q14. How serious a problem do you believe it is that illegal immigrants are coming into your country?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No problem at all

9.DK/Refused

 

Q15. How serious a problem do you believe is income inequality in your country?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No problem at all

9. DK/Refused

 

For each of the following please tell me if you find the statement to be true or untrue!

True Untrue DK/Ref
Q16. The influx of immigrants into your country will increase crime 1 2 9
Q17. The influx of immigrants to your country will increase the threat of terrorism 1 2 9
Q18. The influx of immigrants to your country will decrease jobs available for the citizens 1 2 9
Q19. The influx of immigrants to your country will change the culture of your country 1 2 9

 

Q20. Which of the following statement describes the current situation better?

  1. Most of the immigrants come to EU for economic reason and social welfare.
  2. Most of the immigrants come to EU because they are not safe in the country of their origin.

9. DK/Refused

 

Q21. How serious a threat to Europe is the rapid population growth of Muslims?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No threat at all

9. DK/Refused

 

Q22. How serious a threat do you believe ISIS will be in Europe over the next 5 years?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No threat at all

9. DK/Refused

 

Q23. Do you think your children or the next generations will live…?

  1. Better
  2. Same
  3. Worse

9. DK/Refused

 

Q24. Do you rather agree or rather disagree that foreign political or economic forces should be allowed to influence the internal affairs of your country through NGOs?

  1. Rather agree
  2. Rather disagree
  3. DK/Refused

 

Q25. Which of the following statement is closest to your opinion?

  1. The European Union should have more power
  2. Individual nations should have more power over the European Union

9.DK/Refused

 

Which of the following should mostly be the responsibility of individual nations and which should be mostly the responsibility of the European Union?

Stronger European integrity Stronger national sovereignty DK/REF
Q26 Economic issues 1 2 9
Q27 Immigration 1 2 9
Q28 Set energy and utility cost prices 1 2 9

 

Q29. Which one of the following four countries or institutions, do you believe is the most influential in the world today?

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. EU

9. DK/Refused

 

How much do you trust the following institutions?

1. Very much 2. Somewhat 3. Not at all 9. DK/REF
Q30 Your own government 1 2 3 9
Q31 Mass media (TV, radio, newspaper) 1 2 3 9
Q32 Social media (Facebook, Twitter) 1 2 3 9

 

Q33. Would you say altogether globalization, the rise of global economy is rather good or rather bad to your country?

  1. Good
  2. Bad

9. DK/Refused

 

Q34. Do you agree or disagree that companies in your country should move their production to a country where they find the cheapest labor force even if it causes job losses in your country?

  1. Agree
  2. Disagree

9. DK/Refused

 

Q35. Would you support the EU accession of Turkey?

  1. Support
  2. Not support

9. DK/Refused