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According to more than half of European voters, climate change is the most pressing issue of our time

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According to more than half of European voters, climate change is the most pressing issue of our time

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However, according to only a third of them, the EU had a positive impact on the related processes.

More than half of European voters believe that the fight against climate change is a priority, at least this is what was revealed in a joint poll by Euronews and Ipsos. Another 32 percent say it is important, but not a priority, and 16 percent say the fight against climate change is a secondary issue.

In the first pan-European survey of this kind before the European elections in June, 25,916 residents of 18 countries were asked about various topics. Together, these countries represent 96 percent of the EU’s population. Although according to 52 percent of the respondents, the fight against climate change is a primary task, the results show a completely different picture when broken down by nation.

Denmark (69 percent), Portugal (67 percent) and Sweden (62 percent) were the countries where climate change was considered a priority in the highest proportion. Another 23 percent in Denmark, 28 percent in Portugal, and 26 percent in Sweden considered it important, but not primary.

Poland, the Czech Republic and Finland had the lowest percentage of respondents who believe that climate change is of strategic importance to the European community. Still, in these three countries, slightly more than a third of people (34 percent) consider the topic a priority.

We can also observe differences in terms of responses broken down by gender. A slightly higher proportion of women, 55 percent, thought that among the problems to be solved, climate protection should have priority, while only 49 percent of men thought the same.

Overall, only 32 percent of voters believe that the EU has taken positive measures on the subject in recent years. The agreement rate was the highest among Romanian respondents: almost half of the respondents (48 percent) believe that the measures taken to protect the climate in the Union are adequate. Portuguese (47 percent) and Finnish (45 percent) voters had a similar opinion.

At the other end of the spectrum, only 23 percent of the French believe that the EU would lead on this issue. 38 percent of them were neutral on the issue, and 39 percent believe that the EU had a negative impact. Respondents in the Netherlands were not much more confident either: a quarter of people had a positive opinion of the EU’s environmental protection activities. This makes it easier to understand why the farmers’ demonstrations started from these two countries.

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