Only 34% of EU citizens will surely vote
1. I wonder, is this representative?
2. Is this democracy?
3. Is it fair when the few decide for all?
4. Should voting become obligation?
An opinion poll on interest in the 4-7 June European elections and on EU policy issues reports that 34% of possible voters surveyed across the EU say they are already certain that they will go and vote in June, while 19% of respondents said they were already certain that they would not vote.
According to the Eurobarometer poll, which was conducted from mid-January to mid-February, the share of respondents who are most likely to vote is highest in Belgium (70%), Luxembourg (62%), Denmark and Malta (56%). Greece and Cyprus are in the sixth position with 48% of the people saying that they are most likely to vote.
On the other hand, the share of respondents who say they will definitely not vote is the largest in the UK (30%), Poland (19%), Latvia, Spain and Hungary (18%). In Greece and Cyprus, this percentage is 10% and 14% respectively.
GREEKS MOST INTERESTED IN EP ELECTIONS!
As regards the interest of the people for the European elections, the highest percentage is recorded in Greece (62%), Ireland (61%) and Malta (59%). In Cyprus 52% of the voters are interested in the elections.
WHY NOT VOTE?
According to the poll, 64% of the respondents have said that the main reason that they will not vote in the elections, is that they do not know enough about the role of the European Parliament. Sixty-two per cent have said that their vote will not change anything and 20% have said that they are against Europe, the European Union, the European construction.
CRITERIA FOR VOTING
Regarding the criteria for choosing a candidate, 65% of the Cypriots, the highest percentage in the EU, have said that their vote is based on the position of candidates on national issues.