As more and more campaigns get under way ahead of the European Parliamentary elections from the 4-7 June, a new survey shows interest picking up.
TNS Opinion found that 43% of Europeans this month said they would definitely go to vote, and 6% ‘very probably’, and that even more said they were interested in the election. A Eurobarometer poll early this year found that only 34% of voters on average intended to take part. The highest participation forecasts are in Ireland, Belgium and Malta. Britain’s is among the lowest — only 16%. The main reason people give for not planning to vote is they don’t feel well-enough informed. The survey found what they most want the campaigns to cover are unemployment, economic prospects, crime, pensions and purchasing power.