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Public Opinion in EU Regions

The European Commission has released the latest Eurobarometer survey, FL539, focusing on public opinion within EU regions on a variety of topics such as economic conditions, quality of life, and trust in EU, national, and regional institutions.

The survey collected responses from over 62,000 citizens across 194 regions in the EU’s 27 member states, conducted between January and February 2024. Due to their smaller sizes, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Malta are represented at the country level. The survey targeted EU citizens aged 15 and over, with sample sizes ranging typically from 300 to 500 per region or country, except in three regions where only 150 interviews were conducted.

This data explorer provides interactive and searchable tables containing key data from the study. It allows for searching specific regions, filtering data to show regions within a particular country, or sorting data by various responses.

The data explorer is structured into 7 sections, each covering a separate topic from the Eurobarometer survey:

  1. The economic situation in EU regions (current situation and expectations for the next 12 months)
  2. Quality of life in EU regions (current situation and expectations for the next 12 months)
  3. The most pressing issues faced by regions across the EU (e.g., cost of living, health, etc.)
  4. Trust in the EU, national governments, and regional authorities across the EU, perspectives on representatives best placed to explain the EU’s impact on daily life, and likelihood of voting in the 2024 European elections
  5. Effectiveness of EU initiatives addressing challenges such as climate change, economic impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, and energy dependency
  6. Views of EU citizens on the most important dimensions for the future of Europe
  7. Levels of optimism or pessimism among EU citizens regarding the future of EU regions

Note that the weighted percentages come with a margin of error, indicating the inherent survey uncertainty. For instance, a sample size of 500 is expected to have a margin of error of up to ±4.4 percentage points. Thus, if a region shows 50% of respondents rating the quality of life as “good” with a sample size of 500, the actual proportion in the entire population could realistically range from 45.6% to 54.4%.

Moreover, while the Eurobarometer’s Volume tables use alphabetic keys for statistical significance testing to highlight differences between groups, these keys are not displayed in our interactive tables. Pairwise comparisons through z-tests and t-tests at a 0.05 significance level are used to determine the statistical robustness of observed differences. For a thorough understanding of these tests and their implications for each figure, consultation of the source dataset is recommended. This implies that comparisons between regions should be approached with caution.

In the survey questions listen in the tables below, the term “OUR REGION” is automatically replaced with the actual name of the respondent’s region to provide contextual relevance.

1. Economic situation

2. Quality of Life

3. Most important issues

4. Trust in the EU and national government

5. EU challenges and expectations

6. Future of Europe

About the data

The data used on this page is from European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication, Flash Eurobarometer FL539 : Public opinion in the EU regions, version v1.00, 2024, accessed 2024-03-29.

The survey data presented is weighted to marginal age by gender population distributions using poststratification weighting.

Note that due to rounding, percentages may not always sum to 100%, and in instances where questions permitted multiple responses, the total percentage could exceed 100%.

The data is sourced from the European Commission under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Link to source dataset.

Changelog

  • Initial release March 2024

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