According to the survey, 89 percent of all Europeans believe that the EU should play a greater role in combatting the pandemic, and 91 percent feel the member states should work more closely together during the crisis. Moreover, 90 percent say they are complying with the COVID-19 rules put in place by their respective government, with 70 percent saying they wear a mask when many other people are present.
Across Europe, there is little tendency to blame only one country for the pandemic’s outbreak. In contrast to the euro crisis – when practical crisis-management efforts were long compromised by destructive attempts to assign blame – Europeans are not inclined this time to point a finger at others. Overall, 72 percent are unwilling to blame any one country.
The European idea is getting an additional boost from another factor documented by the eupinions survey, which was conducted in June 2020: Europeans with a high level of empathy are more willing to participate in collective endeavors. That is true for both individual efforts and efforts undertaken by Europe as a whole.