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Eurobarometer: What Europeans think of the CAP

A special Eurobarometer survey entitled “European and the Common Agricultural policy” shows us how European citizens perceive the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy in terms of the benefits ensuing, the achievement of its objectives, the main priorities as well as its reform. Overall the results show that majority of the EU citizens has a positive opinion of the way the CAP is currently playing its role. The main advantages of the CAP, according to EU citizens are that it ensures that the food that consumers purchase is safe and of good quality. Ensuring stable and adequate incomes for farmers is the priority most respondents would like to see the EU’s agricultural policy focus on.

This survey was conducted among close to 25,000 European citizens aged 15 years and above in the 25 Member States between October 11th and November 15th 2005. Interviews were conducted face-to-face in citizens’ homes in their national language. The methodology used is that of the Standard Eurobarometer polls managed by the Directorate-General Press and Communication. An identical survey was conducted in all of the 25 Member States of the European Union at the same time last year.



Europeans and the Common Agricultural Policy (01/2006) [pdf]


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