During the project “Counter Euroscepticism with Your Vote” project partners created a survey research of the attitudes of participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic. The survey was designed with the aims to analyse the findings of survey result about EU citizens attitudes regarding the EU, it’s future, Euroscepticism and EU elections. The principle objectives of this research where:
• To provide a robust picture of the current rise of Euroscepticism and low voting turnout in EU elections,
• To identify current barriers to participation in EU elections,
• To identify the relationship between Euroscepticism and low voting turnout in EU elections,
• To determine recommendations that will inform future policy and communication,
• To provide a consolidated data analysis with research findings.
Project partners collected surveys from different participants in their communities / country. We created online survey and translated them in the native languages from partner countries. Together partners collected 621 responses: Slovenia 52, Austria 31, Czech Republic 51, Hungary 42, Croatia 104 and Slovakia 341.
The survey results were analysed with qualitative methods to research the connections of the respondents’ demographic data to their attitudes towards EU, it’s future, Euroscepticism and EU elections. The survey consisted of three parts: Personal information; Views about the EU, it’s Future and Euroscepticism; Views about the EU election. The first part about personal information included the gender, age, environment, country, occupational status and highest level of education of the participants. The second part views about the EU, it’s Future and Euroscepticism included questions about the level of trust in the European Union; level of general satisfaction with the policies of the European Union; remain to be part of the EU; level of consideration of EU citizens’ voices into the EU decision making process; level of your understanding of the EU legislative process; EU institutions are you well familiar with; community that is the most important for you benefited from the EU membership; level of accessibility of the information about how the European Union works; outlook on the future importance of the role or EU; what would best describe the ideal future for the European Union. The third part about the views about the EU election included questions about if the participants voted in the 2019 EU elections; when did they decide to vote; why did you vote for the political party you voted for; what was the main reasons why you decided to vote in the recent European Parliament elections; what are the issues which made you vote in the recent European Parliament elections; if you are someone who didn’t vote, when did you decide NOT to vote; what are the main reasons why you did NOT vote in the recent European Parliament elections.