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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 Future of Europe report presents a snapshot of the way Europeans perceived the EU and its future direction in early 2014. It begins by considering the EU’s present circumstances, its main assets and the main challenges it faces. Then it asks whether children in today’s EU can expect an easier or more difficult life than people from older generations, and whether the EU is likely to be more or less influential than other world powers at the end of this decade. Finally, the focus shifts towards planning for the Europe of 2020, looking at where the policy-making emphasis should lie, whether there should be more or less decision-making at EU level, and support for further European integration in three specific areas.
The Commission has released the results of a Eurobarometer survey to measure the attitude of EU households and citizens towards the main e-communications services in the Single Market: fixed and mobile voice telephony and Internet access, TV broadcast services and service packages. The survey measures consumer's perception of mobile roaming, broadband speed, quality of experience of access services, affordability, switching service provider and price transparency, 112 awareness and use of public payphone and directory enquiry services. The fieldwork was conducted between 18 and 27 January 2014. It covers the 28 EU Member States, with a total of 27,736 respondents interviewed. It follows on from the previous Eurobarometer survey which was conducted in February-March 2013.
According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, 59% of European Union citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport, while 41% do so at least once a week. Northern Europe is more physically active than the South and East. The survey shows that local authorities in particular could do more to encourage citizens to be physically active.
Undeclared work, in the sense of paid activities which are legal but concealed from public authorities, is an important component of tax and social security fraud. There is a legitimate concern that today’s difficult labour market and social situation encourage undeclared work. However, this Special Eurobarometer, a re-edition of a similar survey conducted in 2007, not only shows little variation in the extent of the phenomenon since the crisis, but even a significant reduction in some countries, which may be associated in many cases with new, effective policies to combat it. Further analysis of the survey and the underlying policy scene is provided in the 2013 Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review.
European public opinion regarding European agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy seems supportive of the main objectives adopted in the CAP reform of November 2013: • Europeans agree that agriculture and rural areas are very important for the future; •They think it is legitimate to continue to devote a significant share of the European budget to agriculture and rural development; • This legitimacy is based on the fact that EU citizens believe they indirectly profit from this financial aid, primarily via the supply of a diversity of quality food products, but also through environmental protection; • They also strongly believe that society as a whole benefits from this aid and they attribute a growing role to agriculture and farmers in the maintenance of economic activity and employment in rural areas; • However, the survey also reveals a lack of public awareness about agriculture, as for example, Europeans continue to believe that the United States produces more agricultural products than the EU.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the modern age. As Europe takes action to meet its objectives, it is important to understand the attitudes and behaviour of EU citizens towards climate change and their expectations for the future. This Eurobarometer survey measures these and compares them with the last poll on this issue carried out in 2011.
On behalf of the European Commission Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, three Flash EB surveys accompanied Latvia's changeover to the euro. For this purpose, different social and demographic groups were interviewed. The first survey, Flash EB 390 conducted on 28 and 30 December 2013, looked at Latvians’ awareness of and preparedness for the changeover. The second survey, Flash EB 391 carried out in nine interview rounds from 2 January to 14 January 2014, monitored the progress of Latvia’s changeover to the euro during the 14-day dual circulation period. It looked at the trend of cash transactions and whether there were problems withdrawing or changing money. The third survey, Flash EB 393 carried out on 16 and 18 January 2014 immediately after the end of the dual circulation period, looked at Latvians' attitude towards the new currency and the changeover process. In detail, the survey includes measures on personal experiences of using euro banknotes and euro coins, converting Latvian lats to euros, understanding values in euros, appreciation of the dual display of prices and of starter kits, and perceptions of the success of the changeover and level of information.
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 2013 - including favourite destinations, reasons for travelling and booking methods - and anticipates travelling trends for 2014.
Space technologies and space-based services are an important part of the daily lives of European citizens in a wide range of areas, including transport, agriculture, weather forecasting and security, to name just a few. They have also an important role in the implementation of a range of European Union policies, from environmental management, through transport and navigation, to co-ordinating responses to natural disasters.
This survey aimed to gain insight into Europeans' awareness and expectations of space-based activities and services. The survey has also a prospective dimension since it asked respondents to think 20 years ahead when considering several issues and a range of space activities, and the impact they may have on society.

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