As per the outcomes of a new Eurobarometer survey released on 20th December, more than a third of Europeans still consider immigration to be the most important issue facing the European Union (34%, no change since spring 2019).
There is increasing concern about climate change as well as it became the 2nd most important issue (24%, +2 percentage points since spring 2019; + 19 percentage points since spring 2014).
The economic situation (18%, unchanged) is in 3rd place, while the state of Member States’ public finances (15%, -3 percentage points) and terrorism (15%, -3 percentage points) share fourth place.
Although still among the leading concerns, mentions of terrorism have been in constant decline, losing 29 points since spring 2017, the report stated.
In 6th position, the environment has increased by one percentage point to 14% (+9 percentage points since spring 2014), while unemployment is in seventh position (12%, no change).
The study revealed that distrust in the European Union has slightly increased (47%, +1 percentage point), while distrust in national governments (61%) and national Parliaments (60%) has remained unchanged and significantly high.