What is it?
Eurobarometer surveys monitor the evolution of public opinion in EU Member States. The aim of the surveys is to assess EU citizens’ awareness of and support for the European Commission's activities. Tracing public opinion trends helps in the preparation of policy texts, decision-making and the evaluation of the EU's work. Surveys are conducted among EU citizens in all 28 Member States.
What do European citizens think?
The results of the 2015 survey concerning the EU's civil protection activities show an overwhelming and growing support among Europeans for EU action in this area, and confirm citizens' continued solidarity with victims of natural and man-made disasters in Europe and around the world.
Nearly nine in ten (88%) EU citizens support the EU-wide civil protection policy because of the cross-border nature of many disasters. Nearly the same number (87%) are supportive of the EU helping any country in the world affected by a disaster.
An overwhelming majority (90%) also says that they would expect help from other EU countries, if a disaster was to happen in their country.
Only 37% of the poll participants believe that their home country has sufficient means to deal with major disasters while 80% say that coordinated EU action would be more effective than actions undertaken by individual countries.
There is a widespread concern (77%) amongst EU citizens about the potential economic impact of man-made and natural disasters in their respective regions.
The level of awareness and information on disaster risks is low: only 55% of respondents say that they are aware of these risks in their region.
Report and EU28 results