Eurobarometer reveals most EU citizens want more debates

European Union flags are seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

77% of European citizens want lead candidates in European elections, to debate the future of the EU, according a Eurobarometer survey.

The finding is part of a telephone survey commissioned by the European Parliament, taking in the views of over 26,000 citizens from across the 27 European member states.

With the European elections approaching, this figure runs in tandem with other findings which suggest that the awareness of the elections is very mixed.

Just over half of those contacted said that they weren’t aware of the elections because it didn’t appear in the media. This is compared with 47% of respondents who said they had.

Going further into this topic, the survey found that 60% of Europeans said they had seen news of the European Parliament’s activities broadcast on the internet, Television or Radio.  Poland registered the highest result with 75% aware of recent Parliamentary news. Finland and Sweden registered 73% equally with Germany at 72%, along with Hungary and Austria at 70%.

Despite knowledge of the election and patchy results over the Parliament’s activities, the Eurobarometer survey’s findings show an increased interest in EU membership among citizens.  The number had grown this year from 60% in April to 62% in September and 68% in the recent survey.