On behalf of Századvég, Millward Brown conducted a telephone opinion poll in the 28 countries of the European Union between 18 January and 10 February 2016. A total of 28,070 adult respondents were randomly selected by the CATI method. As a result of the sample, the data presented in the study may differ by only +/- 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 aims of the study:

  • to get to know the feeling of prosperity in the countries;
  • map the attitudes of the citizens related to the European Union;
  • examine the perceptions of the citizens regarding the relevant social, political and foreign affairs activities and the attached climate of opinions;
  • to assess opinions regarding the migration wave, with special regard to expected future developments;
  • to assess views on terrorism.

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, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.


Country Sample – numbers
atAustria 1001
beBelgium 1006
bgBulgaria 1000
hrCroatia 1000
cyCyprus 1000
czCzech Republic 1007
dkDenmark 1000
eeEstonia 1000
fiFinland 1000
frFrance 1005
deGermany 1005
grGreece 1000
huHungary 1002
itItaly 1001
Country Sample – numbers
ieIreland 1005
lvLatvia 1000
ltLithuania 1000
luLuxemburg 1000
mtMalta 1000
nlNetherlands 1006
poPoland 1014
ptPortugal 1002
roRomania 1000
skSlovakia 1011
siSlovenia 1000
esSpain 1004
seSweden 1000
gbUnited Kingdom 1001
Total 28070



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


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

Excellent Good Poor DK / Ref
Q3. Improving the economy 1 2 3 9
Q4. Maintaining European values 1 2 3 9
Q5. Handling the immigration crisis 1 2 3 9
Q6. Keeping Europe militarily strong 1 2 3 9
Q7. 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
Q8. The European Union quota plan to distribute recent immigrants throughout Europe 1 2 9
Q9. Continue sanctions against Russia 1 2 9
Q10. Using the military to stop the Russians from taking Ukraine 1 2 9
Q11. ‘You nation’ should have fences to protect its borders against immigrants 1 2 9

Q12. Would you sign a petition to have your country leave the EU?

1. Yes
2. No
9. DK / Refused

Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

Agree Disagree DK/Ref
Q13. The problem of migration is a global issue Europe that cannot solve alone. This crisis must be solved globally. 1 2 9
Q14. EU should protect the outer European borders more effectively 1 2 9

Q15. How likely do you expect that a terrorist attack like the one just happened in Paris could happen in your country?

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

Q16. How serious a problem do you believe it is that illegal immigrants are coming into our country? Would you say it’s a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, a not very serious problem, or is it no problem at all?

1. Very serious
2. Only somewhat serious
3. Not very serious
4. No problem a tall
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
Q17. The influx of immigrants into the country will increase crime 1 2 9
Q18. The influx of immigrants to the country will increase the threat of terrorism 1 2 9
Q19. The influx of immigrants to the country will decrease jobs available for the citizens 1 2 9
Q20. The influx of immigrants to the country will change the culture of our country 1 2 9

Q21. How serious a threat to Europe is the rapid population growth of Muslims? Would you say it’s a very serious threat, a somewhat serious threat, a not very serious threat, or is the rapid population growth of Muslims in Europe not a threat at all?

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? Would you say ISIS would be a very serious threat, a somewhat serious threat, a not very serious threat, or no threat at all to Europe?

1. Very serious
2. Only somewhat serious
3. Not very serious
4. No threat at all
9. DK/ Refused