Poll 2017


On behalf of Századvég, Millward Brown conducted a telephone opinion poll in the 28 countries of the European Union between 10 April and 31 May 2017. A total of 28,039 adult respondents were randomly selected by the CATI method. As a result of the sample, the data presented may differ by +/- one per cent from that gained if the entire population of Europe had been asked. The error limits for certain countries are +/- 3.2 per cent. The total results for the EU28 are population-weighted averages.

The aims of the study

  • to get to know the feeling of prosperity in the countries
  • map the attitudes of the citizens related to the EU
  • examine perception of the citizens regarding relevant social, political and foreign affairs activities and attached climate of opinions
  • to asses opinions regarding migration wave
  • to asses view on terrorism
  • to measure a general trust towards different institutions and entities

One thousand adult citizens from each of the 28 EU countries were asked the questions. The poll was conducted in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

CountrySample – numbers
Czech Republic1007
CountrySample – numbers
United Kingdom1000


Q1. Generally speaking, do you think that things in your country are going in the right direction, or do you feel things are going in the wrong direction, or only that they are somewhat going in the right or wrong direction?

  1. Right direction, strongly
  2. Right direction, somewhat
  3. Wrong direction, somewhat
  4. Wrong direction, strongly
  5. Neither/both
  6. DK/Refused

Q2.Looking forward to next year, do you think the economy throughout the European Union will be stronger or weaker than it is now?

  1. Stronger
  2. Weaker
  3. The same
  4. DK/Refused

Q3. How would you vote in a referendum about your country to stay in or to leave the EU?

  1. To stay in the EU
  2. To leave the EU
  3.  DK/Refused

Rate the job that the EU is doing in each of the following!

Q4. Improving the economy1239
Q5. Handling the immigration crisis1239
Q6. Fighting terrorism and preventing more terrorist attacks in Europe1239

Do you approve or disapprove of each of the following actions?

Q7. The European Union quota plan to distribute recent immigrants throughout Europe129
Q8. The migration handling agreement between the EU and Turkey129
Q9. Your nation should have fences to protect its borders against immigrants129

Q10. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The EU should protect its outer European borders more effectively

  1. Agree
  2. Disagree
  3. DK/Refused

Q11. When Britain leaves the EU, will the Union be…?

  1. A lot stronger
  2. Somewhat stronger
  3. It will make no difference
  4. Somewhat weaker
  5. A lot weaker
  6. DK/Refused

Q12. In your view, will the European Union still exist in 10 years?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. DK/Refused

Q13. How likely do you expect that a terrorist attack like what happened in Paris, in Brussels or in Berlin could happen in your country?

  1. Very likely
  2. Somewhat likely
  3. Not likely at all
  4. DK/Refused

Q14. How serious a problem do you believe it is that illegal immigrants are coming into your country?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No problem at all
  5. DK/Refused

Q15. How serious a problem do you believe is income inequality in your country?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No problem at all
  5. DK/Refused

For each of the following please tell me if you find the statement to be true or untrue!

Q16. The influx of immigrants into your country will increase crime129
Q17. The influx of immigrants to your country will increase the threat of terrorism129
Q18. The influx of immigrants to your country will decrease jobs available for the citizens129
Q19. The influx of immigrants to your country will change the culture of your country129

Q20. Which of the following statement describes the current situation better?

  1. Most of the immigrants come to EU for economic reason and social welfare.
  2. Most of the immigrants come to EU because they are not safe in the country of their origin.
  3. DK/Refused

Q21. How serious a threat to Europe is the rapid population growth of Muslims?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No threat at all
  5. DK/Refused

Q22. How serious a threat do you believe ISIS will be in Europe over the next 5 years?

  1. Very serious
  2. Only somewhat serious
  3. Not very serious
  4. No threat at all
  5. DK/Refused

Q23. Do you think your children or the next generations will live…?

  1. Better
  2. Same
  3. Worse
  4. DK/Refused

Q24. Do you rather agree or rather disagree that foreign political or economic forces should be allowed to influence the internal affairs of your country through NGOs?

  1. Rather agree
  2. Rather disagree
  3. DK/Refused

Q25. Which of the following statement is closest to your opinion?

  1. The European Union should have more power
  2. Individual nations should have more power over the European Union
  3. DK/Refused

Which of the following should mostly be the responsibility of individual nations and which should be mostly the responsibility of the European Union?

Stronger European integrityStronger national sovereigntyDK/REF
Q26. Economic issues129
Q27. Immigration129
Q28. Set energy and utility cost prices129

Q29. Which one of the following four countries or institutions, do you believe is the most influential in the world today?

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. EU
  5. DK/Refused

How much do you trust the following institutions?

1. Very much2. Somewhat3. Not at all9. DK/REF
Q30. Your own government1239
Q31. Mass media (TV, radio, newspaper)1239
Q32. Social media (Facebook, Twitter)1239

Q33. Would you say altogether globalization, the rise of global economy is rather good or rather bad to your country?

  1. Good
  2. Bad
  3. DK/Refused

Q34. Do you agree or disagree that companies in your country should move their production to a country where they find the cheapest labor force even if it causes job losses in your country?

  1. Agree
  2. Disagree
  3. DK/Refused

Q35. Would you support the EU accession of Turkey?

  1. Support
  2. Not support
  3. DK/Refused
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