The European Parliament regularly commissions surveys on public opinion in the Member States. This is a means of keeping Parliament in touch with people's perceptions and expectations of its work and that of the European Union generally. The surveys are also extremely useful at the preparation, decision-making and evaluation stages of parliamentary business.
Readers will find them a source of information not only about attitudes in the EU to climate change or the current economic situation but also about how people see - and what they expect from - European elections, the European Parliament and European integration in general.
Ireland: European identity and citizenship
This survey focuses on questions about European identity and citizenship in the period 2007-2015. The findings show, amongst others, that the single currency is the main element of European identity for Irish citizens, followed by the values of democracy and freedom, which top the list at EU level. Regarding European citizenship, a European social welfare system harmonized between the Member States (healthcare, education, pensions, etc.) is the first element mentioned at EU level, and the second one by the Irish respondents who cite in the first place “Being able to move to any EU country after retirement and taking the pension with them“ (especially mentioned by the oldest generations).
Perceptions of the European Parliament in Ireland
This analysis of the perception of the European Parliament in the different regions of Ireland is composed of a selection of questions frequently asked in the Parlemeter. It is not a survey at a regional level, but a combination of results of sixteen Eurobarometer surveys on the European Parliament (Parlemeter) carried out over a period of about seven years – from 2007 to 2014.
Perceptions of the European Parliament in Ireland - February 2012
You will find below the interregional analysis of perceptions of the European Parliament in Ireland. This analysis is not a regional poll but a combination of the results of eight Eurobarometer surveys about the European Parliament (Parlemeter) that provide a picture of the state of public opinion on a regional scale and is structured around a selection of questions which are regularly asked in the Parlemeter. This analysis was commissioned by the European Parliament and conducted by TNS Opinion.
With elections on the horizon, the latest Eurobarometer shows citizens highly value peace and freedom of movement, but find EU identity and social welfare systems wanting. Watch the EuroparlTV clip below.