Source: Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission
Extract from introduction
Europe is still in a state of flux. The impact of the 2008 financial and economic crisis is still being felt, with bouts of speculation in relation to various EU Member States – and predictions of further economic problems making the headlines for every piece of good news about recovery.
In addition to this, there has been a renewed focus on environmental problems, resource use and the associated impact upon utility costs and people’s individual financial situations. Property prices continue to fluctuate, the employment situation remains unsteady and societal unrest continues.
This special Eurobarometer survey on the social climate gives answers to the following questions: how does this state of change affect the European public? How are European citizens responding to this changing economic situation? What is the impact on their daily lives?
This survey is the third of its kind to be conducted in the EU, following on from those conducted in 2009 and 2010. The Eurobarometer survey at hand intends to uncover these opinions and see whether or not there have been any changes since the last wave of analysis, in 2010. Around 1,000 people have been interviewed in each country3. This survey not only measures how Europeans perceive the current recession and its social impact, but also reveals interesting differences between countries which seem to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of national policies and institutions.
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