Climate change will be key issue in EU elections, poll shows

2019. 4. 18.
As many as 77% of potential voters identify global warming as an important criterion when deciding who to vote for at the May European elections, according to an opinion poll published 16 April. A new survey by Ipsos MORI reveals how much climate change has climbed up on the priority list of European voters. Euractive reports.
 
The European Elections study was carried out in January 2019 with online samples of 2,000 potential voters aged 18-65 in 11 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Spain.
 
The survey revealed some common trends among countries. The impact of high electricity and gas prices, for instance, was identified as the top environmental priority in Poland (86%), Spain (88%), and Belgium (82%).
 
But the single most important environmental issue for voters is to produce food in a healthy, sustainable way. This was rated as the top issue in Slovakia (87%), Austria (86%), Italy (85%) and France (81%) – with an average rating of 82% across the 11 countries surveyed.
 
There are national divergences too. In Spain for example, voters consider solar energy as an important election topic, while Slovaks also mention wind power. Meanwhile, French respondents tended to identify organic farming and pesticides as their top environmental concern.
 
The aim of the survey was to understand the importance of environmental issues at the next European elections. Participants who said they are not at all likely to vote were excluded from the research.