This infographic series presents the main results obtained from an elite survey conducted in the framework of the ERC funded REScEU project.
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 aim of the survey was:
- to tap MPs positioning on the main lines of tension characterizing current EU politics,
- understand MPs attitudes towards policies and initiatives aimed at strengthening the social dimension of the EU,
- understand their views about the nature of the multifaceted European crisis.
Furthermore, the survey also measures MPs’ political orientations, international profile and networking activities, political background and socio-demographic status.
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.
A full report presenting all the most important results of the REScEU elite survey will be published before the 2019 European elections.