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This is the website for the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission. Since 1973, the European Commission has been monitoring the evolution of public opinion in the Member States, thus helping the preparation of texts, decision-making and the evaluation of its work. Through the following pages you will find the history of our publications by year's Newest Ancient accompanied by a short introduction to the results.

The primary objective of this survey is to study young EU citizens’ participation in society, with special reference to their involvement in voluntary activities, their participation in political elections and cultural activities, and their confidence about finding employment.
In 2014, DG Competition conducted the second comprehensive stakeholder survey about the perceived quality and impact of DG Competition's enforcement, policy and advocacy activities in 2010-2013. This survey was based on in-depth interviews, carried out in June-July 2014 by TNS Qual+ among lawyers, companies, economic consultants, business and consumer associations, Member States' ministries as well as national competition authorities. The results consist of six individual reports reflecting each stakeholder group's specific views, as well as an aggregate report summarizing the results of the individual reports. Stakeholders were generally positive about the quality and impact DG Competition’s actions but mentioned also some areas for improvement.
The Flash Eurobarometer Citizen survey 403 on citizens' perception about competition policy was carried out in September 2014 by phone among 26,549 citizens in EU 28 by TNS Opinion. The survey focussed on citizens' awareness of the impact of competition, lack of competition and applicable information channels. EU citizens generally have positive views about the impact of competition. 74% say that effective competition has a positive impact on them as a consumer. However, one in five respondents (19%) says that the impact is negative. Across the EU, citizens think that problems resulting from a lack of competition are most likely in the energy sector (28%), followed by transport services (23%) and pharmaceutical products (21%). 39% of EU citizens say that they have heard or read about competition policies, such as cartels, merger or state aid control, in the last 12 months. The two main sources of information about competition policy are television (62%) and newspapers or magazines, including on-line (60%).
The report presents the results of a survey carried out in the 28 Member States of the European Union in December 2014. Some 27.801 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home in their mother tongue. Results have been compared with the 2009 survey where possible. Where appropriate, a variety of socio-demographic variables – such as respondents’ gender, age, terminal education age, occupation and ability to pay household bills – have been used to provide further analysis. Other key variables that have been used to provide additional insight include respondents’ views: about how widespread gender inequalities are in their country; on whether they think equality between men and women is a fundamental right; on whether tackling gender inequality should be an EU priority.
Sea transport expensive but safe, reveals Eurobarometre survey.
European citizens think that ticket prices are the most serious problem for sea or river transport (18%) in the EU, followed by water pollution and small amount of links between destinations (both 15%), and lack of frequent services (14%), revealed a Eurobarometre survey on the quality and safety of maritime and river transport released today by the European Commission. Safety however is not an issue, as 68% of respondents said cruise ships and passenger ferries are safe. The feeling of safety is increasing when passengers are reassured about crew competence and the presence of life-saving appliances, as pointed out by 33% of respondents. Also the availability of destinations at the closest port (78%) is considered important, while the name of the company is considered relevant only by 46% respondents. To be noted, among the people surveyed only one quarter (24%) had travelled by commercial ship or boat in the past 12 months, and most of them did so for holidays (70%) or other leisure activities (23%), 4% for business trips and 1% for daily commuting.
Tourism is close to the hearts of Europeans and remains a powerful driver for the economy. The Eurobarometer survey on the preferences of Europeans towards tourism provides a detailed insight of Europeans' tourism preferences in 2014 - including favourite destinations, reasons for travelling and booking methods - and anticipates travelling trends for 2015.
As the online part of our lives is increasing, through the use of home banking or shopping online, so is organised crime in the cyber environment. Today, for instance, cybercriminals steal bank and credit card details to sell onwards for as little as €1 per card or €60 per bank credentials. Cybercrime is a profitable activity that traverses borders, but involves little risk. It is a problem that affects all of us and that we need to tackle together (more information on the fight against cybercrime in the EU can be found here).
The aim of this Eurobarometer is to understand EU citizens’ experiences and perceptions of cyber security issues. The survey examines the nature and frequency of Internet usage; their awareness and experience of cybercrime; and the level of concern that they feel about this type of crime.
This survey, covering over 27 000 people in all EU member states, follows a previous survey from 2013 (Special Eurobarometer 404).
For this survey carried out between 16 and 19 January 2015, 1 000 respondents in Lithuania were interviewed by phone. Following Lithuania's changeover to the euro on 1 January 2015 and the ending of the dual circulation period two weeks later, citizens from different social and demographic groups replied to 26 questions focusing on issues ranging from perception of and support for the euro to how Lithuanian citizens felt informed about the common currency.
Questions included how citizens saw the consequences for themselves, their country and the EU, and whether they experienced any problems during the changeover period. Other questions looked at how citizens assessed various channels of the information campaign.
The survey finds that 63% of Lithuanians think that the euro will have positive consequences for Lithuania and that 54% see positive consequences also for themselves. A substantial majority of citizens in Lithuania (92%) feels informed about the euro, with 34% saying they feel very well informed.
This report presents the results of a Flash Eurobarometer survey into attitudes of Romanian and Bulgarian respondents towards the state of the judicial system and corruption in their country. It also shows the perception of EU support in this area through the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. In Bulgaria only, the report also addresses the subject of organised crime.
Respondents are asked how seriously they take these issues, whether they feel the situation in their country has improved over the last five years and whether the EU ought to be involved in further monitoring and verification. It also brings the perception about the impact the EU has played so far and the attitudes towards its further involvement. The survey also measures general awareness of the EU’s Cooperation and Verification Mechanism.
In the fourth round of enlargement, Finland, Austria and Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995, bringing the number of Member States to 15. These three countries were the first new countries to join the EU after the end of the Cold War.
This survey was commissioned to understand how people in these three countries view the EU and the impact of EU membership, twenty years after accession.
2015 has been declared the European Year for Development. For the first time a European year will be looking at what the EU does outside its borders, raising awareness and engaging with citizens and the broader public on the role of the EU as a global player, around the motto ‘Our world, our dignity, our future’. This survey tests, among other things, Europeans' views on the main development challenges and their opinions regarding increasing aid or the importance of aid in general. A number of questions focused on how citizens think they can get personally involved themselves.


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