Flash Eurobarometer Electoral rights
This survey investigates the knowledge of EU citizens on their voting rights, in particular the right to vote for and to stand as a candidate for European and municipal elections in the state in which the person resides. Opinions are also expressed about voting rights for non-national EU citizens residing in other EU countries and ways to increase voter participation in European Parliament elections.
The interviews were carried out between 5-7 November 2012 with 25,568 nationally representative samples of EU citizens (aged 15 and older) living in the 27 Member States.
The survey shows that age and education of respondents are important factors in determining their answers:
– The younger the respondent, the more likely they are to think that a non-resident EU citizen living in another country should be allowed to vote in the national elections of the country where they are residing.
– The younger the respondent, the more likely they are to agree that non-national EU citizens living in another country should have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in regional elections in the country where they are living.
– The younger the respondent, the more likely they are to agree that providing more information on the programmes and objectives of candidates and parties in the European Parliament would increase voter turnout.
– Respondents who completed their education aged 15 or younger are less likely than respondents with higher education levels to think that same day elections would increase voter turnout (59% vs. 63%-64%).
– Respondents who completed their education aged 15 or younger are less likely to think that European political parties proposing a candidate for the role of President of the European Commission would increase voter turnout compared to those with higher education levels (57% vs. 62%-64%).
– Respondents who completed their education aged 15 or younger are the most likely to say it is justified that EU citizens living in another EU country should lose their rights to vote in the national elections of their country of origin, particularly compared to those who completed their education aged 20+ (35% vs. 29%)