More than two Europeans in three see climate change as a very serious problem and almost 80% consider that taking action to combat it can boost the economy and jobs, a special Eurobarometer survey published today shows.
The poll (Special Eurobarometer 372: Climate change), carried out in June 2011, found that the European public is more concerned about climate change than it was in 2009 – and that climate change remains a greater worry than the economic situation.
The survey also shows a widespread expectation in the 27 member states that the European Union will become a climate-friendly, low-carbon society by the middle of this century.
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "This is encouraging news! This survey shows that the citizens of Europe can see that the economic challenges are not the only challenges we face. It shows that the clear majority of Europeans expect their politicians and business leaders to address the serious climate challenge now. It is striking that the public is even more concerned about climate change than it was in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. In particular, the fact that more than 3 out of 4 Europeans see improving energy efficiency as a way to create new jobs is a strong signal to Europe's decision makers. I see this poll very much as an encouragement also for us in the Commission to continue fighting for ambitious and concrete climate action in Europe."
The key results of the survey are as follows:
You can follow live Connie Hedegaard's press conference on the 2011 Eurobarometer at 14.30 CET, via the first link below.