5 February 2019

Mass Vs Elites #4: The benefits of EU-membership

Overall, more than eight MPs out of ten believe that their countries have benefited from EU membership. However, in six countries masses appear to be more sceptical than elites about the benefits the EU has brought.

Methodological note:

The survey was targeted on a sample of representatives in the national parliaments of seven European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Country samples were designed in order to be as most representatives as possible of the actual composition of the national parliaments in terms of partisan affiliation. The survey was conducted between March 2017 and May 2018 adopting the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interviews) method. The infographics show cross-country and cross-partisan distributions of frequencies of the political elites’ attitudes and make mass-elite comparisons that allow us to analyse similarities and differences between the opinions of the representatives and their electorate. It does so by comparing the results of this survey to those of a public opinion survey conducted by the REScEU project in the same seven countries in September-November 2016.

Photo credits Flickr CC: Keskkonnaministeerium / Ministry of Environment of Estonia 

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