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:
When deciding which party to vote for:
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).