Europeans are divided before the European elections. When asked about their assessment of the economy, society and the EU at present, Europeans frequently fall into two camps: the confident optimists (49 percent) who are largely satisfied with the state of society and the precarious pessimists (51 percent) who are inclined to be dissatisfied and critical. Europeans are in agreement on one thing, however: Roughly two-thirds of all citizens want to take part in the European elections in May.
In Germany, the optimists outnumber the pessimists according to the opinion poll: 62 percent of Germans are not worried about the state of society, which is the highest amount in a large EU country, according to the study. Those are the findings in "eupinions", the EU-wide opinion poll that we regularly conduct to learn about Europeans' view of current issues. The opinion poll is representative of the EU and its five largest member states. Over 11,000 persons were surveyed throughout Europe.
"European sentiment fluctuates between 'bonjour tristesse' and 'ode to joy'. To shape rather than lag behind megatrends like globalization and digitalization, Europe must speak with one voice. That is why we need a European Parliament capable of taking action and setting the course for a strong Europe in the 21st century," says our Chairman Aart De Geus in regard to the findings in the latest eupinions.