Renew Europe celebrates that the higher turnout at this year’s EU elections was driven by young people
An increasing number of Europeans feel that their voice counts in the EU in the last EU Elections.
More than half of Europeans (56%) agree that their voice counts in the EU, a 7-point increase from February–March 2019, and the most positive result since this question was first asked in 2002. While this result confirms previous research highlighting a peak in this indicator at the time of European elections, it also reflects a longer-term increase over the last 10 years.
Respondents are most likely to agree that their voice counts in the EU in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany (75%), but are least likely to agree in Latvia, Greece and Estonia. Large increases on this measure are seen in Romania, Czechia, Poland, Italy and Belgium.
There is a link between thinking that one’s voice counts in the EU and voting in the European Parliament elections, and the voter profile now includes more citizens who feel that their voice counts than in 2014; this indicates that voters are now a more confident, empowered and engaged group. The relationship between these two issues is likely to produce a ‘virtuous cycle’, in which the view that one’s voice counts is likely to increase voter participation, which in turn is likely to reinforce the view that one’s voice counts.
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