A new Ipsos MORI survey released on 16 April 2019 reveals that 77% of potential voters across 11 European countries identify global warming as an important criterion when deciding who to vote for in the May European elections. This view is shared by young potential voters (75% under the 30s).
This survey, carried out with potential voters across 11 European countries also reveals that environment protection and European leadership on climate action are also key issues for a large majority of potential voters across EU11.
As the 27 EU Heads of State and Government will meet in Sibiu (Romania) on 9 May to discuss the future of the European Union in the run-up to the European elections two weeks later, the results of this survey send a clear message to the actual and future decision-makers: Climate action is an election issue for voters and should be a cornerstone of Europe that citizens want.
According to the Ipsos MORI survey, when it comes to specific country expectations:
- New jobs in the green energy industry are key to potential voters in Italy, Spain, Poland, Austria and France;
- EU’s leadership role in fighting climate change is key in Italy and Spain;
- Protecting against extreme weather events is necessary in Italy and Spain;
- The EU focusing on solar energy to benefit Spain is important in the country, and solar and wind power in Slovakia;
- Reducing single-use plastics in the Netherlands, where it was the most important message for potential voters, but also important in the Czech Republic;
- Enforcing consumer rights in cases like the Diesel scandal in Germany;
- Organic farming and the damage of pesticides in France.
When deciding which party to vote for:
- 82% want a party that will force the most polluting companies to clean up and stop destroying our planet;
- 82% want a party that will cut the use of pesticides and antibiotics in food production;
- 80% want a party that will work to protect nature and stop those who are destroying our wildlife;
- 73% want a party that will make the EU a global leader in fighting climate change.
About the Ipsos MORI survey
This European Elections study of potential voters, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, was carried out by Ipsos MORI in January 2019 with online samples of 2,000 potential voters aged 18 – 65 in each of 11 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Spain). 16 – 65 were interviewed in Austria, 18 – 59s in Poland and 18 – the 50s in Slovakia. National samples were weighted to be representative of the adult population in each country and participants saying they are not at all likely to vote at the next European Parliament elections excluded from the research.
Total figures are averages across the 11 countries (treating each country as equal).