Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Europe's Choice

Populist attitudes and voting intentions in the 2019 European election

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Representation gaps cause populism: those who feel that they are poorly represented are more populist in their thinking and at the polls. The same also applies to the

2019 European elections. However, populist citizens only agree on two things:

they are sceptical towards Europe and dissatisfied with EU democracy. When it

comes to substantive political issues, left-wing and right-wing populist voters are

even more divided than the voters of the mainstream parties. This makes it more

difficult to form new majorities in the next European Parliament.

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